A Reason, a Season or a Lifetime

I was part of an online chat this week and someone shared the following with us, which I wanted to pass on.

Given the ups and down of last year and the people who left and came into my life - it helps to put a different perspective on things.

People come into your life for a reason, a season or a lifetime.

When you know which one it is, you will know what to do for that person. When someone is in your life for a REASON, it is usually to meet a need you have expressed. They have come to assist you through a difficulty, to provide you with guidance and support, to aid you physically, emotionally or spiritually. They may seem like a godsend and they are. They are there for the reason you need them to be.

Then, without any wrong-doing on your part or at an inconvenient time, this person will say or do something to bring the relationship to an end. Sometimes they die. Sometimes they walk away. Sometimes they act up and force you to take a stand. What we must realize is that our need has been met, our desire fulfilled, their work is done. The prayer you sent up has been answered and now it is time to move on.

Some people come into your life for a SEASON, because your turn has come to share, grow or learn. They bring you an experience of peace or make you laugh. They may teach you something you have never done. They usually give you an unbelievable amount of joy. Believe it, it is real. But only for a season.

LIFETIME relationships teach you lifetime lessons, things you must build upon in order to have a solid emotional foundation. Your job is to accept the lesson, love the person and put what you have learned to use in all other relationships and areas of your life. It is said that love is blind but friendship is clairvoyant.

Thank you for being a part of my life, whether you were a reason, a season or a lifetime.

Many of my good friends have come into my life at just the right time. Many of them have stayed with me over the years, even if we don't see each other that regularly. Likewise, I like to think that I've come into people's life at the right time for them.

While the reason may not be obvious at the time and particularly, with a close, personal relationship, letting go can be hard, there's always a lesson to be learned, no matter how tough or painful the lesson might be.
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