Sometimes I wonder if we really know the power of goodbye, its grace, its finality. For many Native Americans, we try not to say goodbye, not in the same way. See you down the trail, until next time, keep your heart open, something like that. But this practice is not limited to any one culture, tribe, or region.
I think what we mean to say is I love you, I miss you, see you soon. What we often say is leave me alone, go away, don't bother me. Same words, different intention, all in a simple goodbye.
For the tenderhearted, it can be a lonely place. But it doesn't have to be.
It can all change with hello.