The Green Girl's 'Say Goodbye' Trail Cairn

say good·bye [sey good-bahy]
verb The act of saying
goodbye to all the things
you need to let go of
The Green Girl finally managed to 'Say Goodbye'.

After my running epiphany at the top of Bill Eckert Trail yesterday, I felt a certain sense of empowerment and liberation.

As I ran back down the trail, I realized I was finally ready to Say Goodbye.

Ironically, after spending years trying to figure out the optimal way to perform this ceremony, it came to me in an instant.

I decided I would Say Goodbye and then I would leave the goodbye in the dirt of the trail.

I ran until something told me I should stop. I quickly grabbed a stick and dug the letters into the damp ground.

On a whim, I decided to erect a small cairn above the word. I felt the symbolism was apropos.

I stood there and mentally bid farewell to each thing one by one.

As expected, some things were easier to release than others.

When I had separated myself from the last piece of emotional baggage and that metaphorical weight had been lifted from my shoulders, I took off down the trail as fast as I could.


  1. This is just beautiful. I love it.

  2. This is great! A fantastic thing to do!

  3. How wonderful! I hope that feeling stays with you for a very long time. I need that epiphany and to say goodbye.. to many things. Hope I'll be ready soon.

  4. I'm not sure I understand because I am a big ol dumb guy. But, I'm sure it is a classy thing to do because The Green Girl is 100% class.

  5. Wow, I like that you felt so free! So cool - go Green Girl, GO!

  6. I'm with Chris. I don't get it, but it sounded like a pretty momentous moment! So good for you.

  7. wow, what a great way to let go. hope you mind is clearer now!

  8. this

    Such a [freaking] great post.

  9. Wow, what a wonderful way to leave it behind and say good bye, a very inspiring post, makes me want to do the same :)

  10. Good for you! Thanks for sharing.

  11. Good for you. We don't know all the things you are leaving behind that doesn't matter, but extra baggage does no one good. I am glad that your mind is clear. At first I was worried that you were going to stop running. Sometimes it's good to read something twice. :)

  12. The perfect way to let things go!!

  13. oh my gosh what a neat idea and a great post!!

  14. Awesome post. I think I should try that too.

  15. Awesome! I am so glad it worked for you and maybe it would work for me too... (?) Thank you so much, Mary! ♥


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