Some people are in your life for a season.
Some people are in your life for a reason.
Some people are in your life for a lifetime.
While I have heard the above message before (probably in church), hearing it again today was a good reminder for me. It’s something that I need to remember when I think about the relationships I have had with people in my life at this point.
During this time of year (Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s), I sometimes get sentimental and start reminiscing about past holidays. Then I start thinking about the family members who are no longer with us. Even as I’m going through my address book to begin writing my Christmas cards this month, I start thinking about the people that I have lost touch with over the past years.
Seasons—for my family members that have passed away like my parents, my grandfather and my two uncles. They were here for a certain amount of time in our lives and they are gone. We are having to learn how to live on without them. Loss is never easy for me to deal with, but when I think about that quote, it helps me get through it.
Reasons—people that have come in and out of my life when it was necessary for me to learn something, and/or for me to teach them something. They are here for a certain time, and then they are no longer in my life. There is no contact. We each just go our own ways. This one makes me sad because a lot of people I have lost touch with falls in this group. I used to work at keeping in touch with people during the days of letter writing, sending real birthday cards, etc. Now that everything is digital, it just isn’t the same.
Lifetime–for me that would be people whom I’ve been friends with from childhood, or with newer friends where we’ve seen each other through some things or have enough common interests that have probably made us friends for life.
However someone happens to come into my life, or I come into his or her life, I hope that we each get what we are destined to get from it, and that the season, reason or lifetime is fulfilled.
Where do all of the people in your life fit? Are they here for a reason, a season or a lifetime?