Sunday, January 5, 2014

The art of saying "tot ziens"

I'm not a huge fan of saying "good-bye," so I'm a huge fan of this Dutch saying ...

Pronounced "tote zeens," the phrase (roughly translated by me) means "see you." Close to "see you later."

As I prepare to say "tot ziens" to my current home in just 53 days, I realize I'm not just saying "see you" to people, I'm saying it to places, to traditions, to little European things that have slowly, surely and sometimes silently crept into my psyche and made themselves nice little homes.

Before writing this post, I started making a "TZ bucket list" - notes of all the people, places, things and customs I want to honor before flying out:

Some entries are truly blessings, things that have made my life wonderful in the last two and a half years.

And others are not. Others have made my life considerably difficult while we've been here.

But, whether I wish I could take them with me, or desperately want to flee them ASAP, every note on the paper deserves a farewell.


Because there's a great deal of freedom in saying "tot ziens" and letting go. I really believe that you can't fully enjoy a new chapter in life before releasing the past one into the "written" section of your life's story.

And here's the thing. I've come to realize that this concept is true no matter where you're at in life. Whether you're physically moving your family to a new location, or living in the house you were born in, there's always going to be something in your life that needs to be released into the past.

As we continue to gain momentum in this new year of 2014, I hope you take a moment to pause, reflect and release those things that should remain in your past.

Keepin' it real question: 
even if you're not moving to a new home this year, do you have something in your life that you need to release? Maybe a "tot ziens" list of your own?

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