Often times I find myself baffled and sometimes hurt by those around me. I am sure you have felt this way too, at least sometime in this lifetime. Despite the fact that we have no control over situations or people around us, we can’t help but worry or get deeply affected by them. While in the moment, there is nothing anyone can say or do to make us feel any better. But after the effect of the sting reduces, we learn to look at the bigger picture. In the grand scheme of things, the hurtful episode is only a small hiccup. No matter how hard it is to breathe in that moment, once we are past it, it serves as a great lesson. Here is something I found on WWW that made me put things in perspective and gave me a better understanding of the purpose of each person touching my life. I’ve come across this poem many times on the web. I don’t know who wrote it and there are different versions of it out there too. Recently I learned how deep this poem is…
People come into your life for a reason, a season, or a lifetime.
When you figure out which one it is, you will know what to do for them.
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 god-sent, 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.
It is real; but, only for a season.
And like Spring turns to Summer and Summer to Fall, the season eventually ends.
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.
When you allow someone to be a part of your life, take a moment to think why are they there? For a reason, a season or a lifetime. Most of the times, it won’t be until they leave that you know why they were there in the first place. But eventually, you will know…