a Reason, a Season or a Lifetime
I like to think people come into our life for a reason, a season or a lifetime. When we know which one it is, we will know what to do for that person in return. When someone is in your life for a reason, it may be to meet a need you have expressed. They may seem like a godsend: assisting you through difficulty, providing you with guidance and support or aiding you physically, emotionally or spiritually. At an inconvenient time, this person may say or do something to bring the relationship to an end.
Some people come into our life for a season, because our turn has come to share, grow or learn. They bring us an experience of peace and make us laugh. They may teach us something and usually endow an unbelievable amount of joy. Believe it; it is real, but only for a season.
Lifetime relationships teach us lifetime lessons. Our job is to accept the lesson, love the person and put what we’ve learned into practice. It’s been said that love is blind but friendship is clairvoyant.
“SONNET 29” BY WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE
When, in disgrace with fortune and men’s eyes,
I all alone beweep my outcast state,
And trouble deaf heaven with my bootless cries,
And look upon myself and curse my fate,
Wishing me like to one more rich in hope,
Featured like him, like him with friends possessed,
Desiring this man’s art and that man’s scope
With what I most enjoy contented least;
Yet in these thoughts myself almost despising,
Haply I think on thee, and then my state,
(Like to the lark at break of day arising
From sullen earth) sings hymns at heaven’s gate;
For thy sweet love remembered such wealth brings
That then I scorn to change my state with kings.