There are moments, when what was suddenly is no longer, and it ranges from the loss of illusion or naiveté, to the more tangible loss of a friendship or love.

Such moments have been visited upon me in the past year, and a text that had been sent to me by an old friend – and one, may I add with joy, who still maintains a thread of communication – feels very apt.

***

To my special people:

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 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!

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.

(Anonymous)

 

©aother

For my part, I would like to quote from The Beatles, and There Are Places I Remember:

There are places I remember

All my life though some have changed

Some forever, not for better

Some have gone and some remain.

All these places have their moments

With lovers and friends I still can recall

Some are dead and some are living

In my life I’ve loved them all.

(…)

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