I would like to start introducing some Japanese proverbs. This week's proverb is "Au wa wakare no hajime (会うは別れの始め)." It means, "We meet only to part; All good things come to an end." It suggests the transient nature of life. It is similar to the English expression, "The best of friends must part."
au 会う --- to meet
wakare 別れ --- parting; separation
hajime 始め --- beginning