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I don’t want to grow up, because if I did…I wouldn’t be a Toys ‘R’ Us Kid

"I don't want to grow up because if I did, I wouldn't be a Toys 'R' Us Kid

I saw this picture recently on social media and surprisingly it made me reflect….

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Not just on the closing of an Iconic store –that during my childhood made my spirit leap with joy.

My favorite area was the Barbie aisle the colors would illuminate the row pink and

I was in Barbie Heaven!

I could do and be anything!

…and I didn't just reflect on how I when I was pregnant, I walked the aisle picking out a stroller , car seat and high chair etc- thinking one day – my baby would come here with me

…and I didn't just reflect on the memory of when I introduced my child to Toys 'R' US  for the first time and saw her eyes   img_1566   light up at the unlimited possibilities of 

a WHOLE BIG WIDE STORE of TOYS!

I did truly reflect on the  fact that it is a reminder that life will always be a series of goodbyes. That nothing last forever. That change is constant and we are constantly evolving to another level and we should STOP and enjoy the moment we are in. As the saying goes, sometimes you never know what you have until its gone.

My daughter recently was promoted from Kindergarten and said Goodbye to her teacher and friends and she cried.

She says she will miss her teacher , friends, doing work, playing on the playground and the "Kindergarten life"–her words not mine :)   We reminded her, this does not mean the end of school, you will go back in August; and all was right with her world 🙂

…and I realized this just the beginning of always saying goodbye

Goodbye to moments, and things that were constant in our lives

Goodbye to seasons in our lives-we thought would last forerver,

Goodbye to our jobs and careers- because situations and people change

Goodbye to friends who we have lost touch with -due to circumstances or life

Goodbye to family – because, unfortunately  those we love cannot live here on Earth forever

 Goodbye to things we know and thought would be forever.

Is it sad?

Yes! We are human and it hurts

But is it necessary?

Yes.
Its necessary to let go and 'Trust the Process' because without change there will be no growth. We also have to learn to cherish each moment without rushing to the nextbecause just like a snap of your fingers- it can disappear.

True,we can cherish the memories forever. However, it is important to  savor ,embrace , fully be in the moment of where you are in life at that moment.

If that's you taking your child to Kindergarten for the 1st time- enjoy that sweet innocent time-its hard , its challenging, but make that time AMAZING.

We celebrated my daughter's  1st day of Kindergarten with lunch and invited the grandparents. I took pictures. She may not remember this in few years, but I will always remember her face as we exclaimed how proud we were of her and going to school for the first time. I'll remember this season as the time I embraced the 'Art of Letting Go'

As emotional as her last day of Kindergarten was for my daughter and I'll admit-me and her  dad-  We embraced the moment- took a ton of pictures and took her to dinner to celebrate all that she had learned and acknowledged her transition.

You may be facing a career change or starting a new position- embrace it. Try not to yearn for the days gone by – enjoy the moment you are in- learn what the situation is teaching  you and wrap yourself around that experience.

If this is you , with your 1st baby or 10th-embrace this time- you will never be pregnant with this child again. Take a moment to just savor that you are creating a "WHOLE HUMAN BEING"!   Find the joy in the season you are in.

Goodbyes are a part of life , a part of our daily existence.

Take the moment you are in a make the Goodbyes count . Each moment in time is meant for you to learn from, experience, love , embrace, acknowledge; and then say goodbye too.

Just like Geoffrey

I don't want to grow up because if I did I wouldn't be a Toys R Us Kid

Yet,

all the children have grown up-there's no more Toys 'R' Us Kids

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So be like 'Geoffrey' with  his little suitcase leaving behind a global brand, a life,  passion, our history…

Embrace the change , Embrace the moment, Find the joy and say Goodbye!

I want to hear from you- tell me about your recent goodbyes- What have you learned? What are you embracing? Comment below…

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