A Reason, a Season, or a Lifetime

It’s not a new sentiment, chances are you’ve either seen this poem posted on the web, or received it as part of a chain letter.  I’m not sure where I first saw it first, but I do believe that it’s true.  I am very blessed to have many lifetime friends…
I met Susan as part of the knitting/blogging community that I belonged too long before I had a clue about things like web 2.0, new media, Twitter etc.  Susan’s blog always made me laugh with both her knitting and life escapades.  The truth of the matter is–Susan is a HOOT!  But Susan is much more than that to me.  I’ve got all sorts of cards around my apartment that Susan has sent to me in the past few years.  I have a towel and a handknitted washcloth on my stove that I moved along with me from Ohio to Texas.  It holds a place of honor in my kitchen–because Susan took the time to make it and send to me as I tried my best to settle into my new home.  She has always been there with words of encouragement–just when I seemed to need them most.  You know in general I’m usually the one sending out all of the love..when it comes to Susan more times than not I have been the one on the receiving end. 
Susan and I now live within driving distance of each other.  Come hell or highwater, I’m taking off a weekend and driving up to Oklahoma to meet her.  She’s just one of those friends that are on my list of NEED TO MEET friends.  Tonight she sent me a link to a very fun knitting bag…subject line..If I Were Rich.  I printed out the photo and put on my *wish board*…maybe I’ll treat myself to that bag sometime soon.
Susan, my friend, I’m already more than rich just having you as a part of my life.  There are times when I am simply overwhelmed by my friends, my support group in this world–it tends to bring a few tears to my eyes.
A Reason, a Season, or a Lifetime

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 each 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 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 realise 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.

When 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.

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