A Reason. A Season. A Lifetime

This week has been a difficult one. So when I received this piece below in an email, it seemed quite fitting. I'm trying to make sense of it all and learn from the past, so I can do better in the future.

Relationships with people change over the years. Even those people who are here for a lifetime. They're here to help us learn many different things and may not exist in our lives in the way we thought they would. Our relationship to them shifts as we change. I guess that's part of the learning process. Part of the living process.

I'm not sure who wrote this, but I always gain new insight each time I read it. Hopefully by sharing it here today, maybe it will help one of you too.
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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.
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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 wrongdoing 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.

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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.

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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.

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T. said…
It was a rough week for me too. LOVE this post - thank you for it!
Lisa Johnson said…
t - You're welcome! I hope things smooth out for you in the next week.
Chris said…
I believe this with my whole heart! Beautiful post!
Lisa Johnson said…
chris - Thanks much! ; )

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