(previous Blogger post, November 6, 2006, Monday)

First, a confession. I still have a lot of old unread forwarded messages in my email inbox. It all dates back to when I was too busy with work and didn’t have internet access at home. Now I get to read all forwarded emails. When my email reading time was limited, I prioritized the forwarded messages with the most interesting and relevant subjects.

One of my favorites came from my dear friend, Claudes. This post’s title came from it. That email came at a very interesting point in my life – when my belief in fate and destiny was at its highest. Let me share that email:

“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.”

So true! I have also discovered that the ones who come into our lives for a season are the ones that leave a somewhat permanent pinch on the heart, especially whenever we are reminded of them. They are the ones who give superlatives to our emotions. Now, those who are with us for a lifetime are the ones that bring contentment and true happiness. Cheers to lifetime friendships! 🙂