Don’t cry because it’s over; smile because it happened.
Those nine words by Ted Geisel (Dr.Seuss), one of our country’s favorite storytellers, contain so much wisdom. They apply to many different aspects of life, but I would like to focus on the area of relationships. Most of us are going to have relationships end at some point in our lives, whether they are marriages, partners, friends, relatives, or any other type of relationship. People leave or die, and it hurts. So what’s one to do with the hurt?
A person who has been in contact with Barry and me, whose relationship ended in a hurtful way, is so hurt and does not know how to handle the pain of this situation. The feeling of rejection seems overwhelming. The other person has walked away, and there is no negotiation. For this other person, it is over and there is no desire for contact.