Here's an email I received from a colleague. I thought it was an interesting read, primarily because of the point of view. Go ahead and read it before I bore you with further overanalysis...
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PEOPLE COME INTO YOUR LIFE FOR A REASON
I am sending this to you to see how many actually read their email. Your response will be interesting. Pay attention to what you read. After you have finished reading it, you will know the reason it was sent to you.
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.
I particularly liked the line about love being blind and friendship being clairvoyant. It's rather true if you think about it. And I guess I was having it a bit rough at the beginning of this year when I was trying to figure out how important certain individuals were to my life, and how important I was to theirs and all that. Well, now I know. Hahaha. So, I'd like to dedicate this to all my buddies out there who've given me strength and support, whether they knew it or not, whenever I was in need of it. Oh, and I hope that I didn't miss any opportunity to return the favor, or to give you strength and support you when you needed it. Thanks people, and I wish you the best in your lives as well. Take care of yourselves.
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