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MadeOfScars posted 4/22/2014 16:13 PM

Not sure I 100% agree with the quote, but it struck me nonetheless so I thought I'd share. It seemed apropos to post in S/D.

“There's a difference between saying good bye and letting go. Saying good bye is "I'll see you again when I'm ready to hold your hand, and when you're ready to hold mine." Letting go is "I'll miss your hand. But I realized it's not mine to hold, and I will never hold it again.”

― Unknown

homewrecked2011 posted 4/22/2014 16:16 PM

Like it.

Also could say, "I'll miss your hand. But I realized I'm better off not holding it, and I will never hold it again.”

― Unknown

nomoreblueskies posted 4/22/2014 16:19 PM

And infidelity is "I'll miss your hand. But I'm not quite sure where it's been and I'm worried about touching it."

Nature_Girl posted 4/22/2014 16:22 PM

And infidelity is "I'll miss your hand. But I'm not quite sure where it's been and I'm worried about touching it."

MadeOfScars posted 4/22/2014 16:24 PM

I like both new takes on the quote! It is from "unknown' after all, so take credit for your own adaptation

nekorb posted 4/22/2014 17:17 PM

And infidelity is "I'll miss your hand. But I'm not quite sure where it's been and I'm worried about touching it."

how I wish there was an emoticon that rolled around while laughing!!

But seriously - I have to think about the original quote some more- not quite sure I agree or fully grasp it or something...

Whalers11 posted 4/22/2014 17:21 PM

To me, saying goodbye is making a choice to walk away from something you know is not good for you. I think letting go is more of a passive action, like resigning yourself to having to do it because you have no other choice.

Bravenewgirl posted 4/22/2014 17:35 PM

and divorce is "I am not talking to you about your hand. Stop texting me about your hand. Kids and finances, not hands. Any further communication about your hand should go to my attorney".

deena04 posted 4/22/2014 17:44 PM

Love both versions of it. The touching hand really cracked me up. I'm at work and work at a college. The students started looking at me funny when I started laughing.

MadeOfScars posted 4/22/2014 18:23 PM

To me, saying goodbye is making a choice to walk away from something you know is not good for you. I think letting go is more of a passive action, like resigning yourself to having to do it because you have no other choice.

I think this is what kinda bugged me about this quote too. I'm inclined to agree with you Whalers11, though there maybe isn't a "right" answer here.

Still laughing at your version nomoreblueskies

justinpaintoday posted 4/22/2014 18:26 PM

And infidelity is "I'll miss your hand. But I'm not quite sure where it's been and I'm worried about touching it."

LOL

Kajem posted 4/22/2014 18:50 PM

To me: Saying goodbye is closing the door never to be opened again. Letting go means the door isn't locked, under the right circumstances it could be opened again.

SBB posted 4/22/2014 18:50 PM

And infidelity is "I'll miss your hand. But I'm not quite sure where it's been and I'm worried about touching it."

Or as in my case: "I have NFI who the fucks hand I was I holding all this time."

Gemini71 posted 4/22/2014 19:42 PM

nomoreblueskies needs some hand sanitizer stat!


For me too, the goodbye is more permanent than letting go. With STBXH, I would always say, "Good night my love," before going to sleep. To end the phone conversation on D-Day #2 when he confessed to sleeping with my BFF I said, "Goodbye my love." I knew it was the end and that's exactly what I meant.

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