By Holly Small
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There’s a famous poem that I read the other day that really resonated with me. Hundreds of people come into our lives, some of the relationships fleeting and others that last a lifetime. I am a firm believer that if you find it a struggle or an effort to maintain a friendship or relationship of any kind, it’s probably not worth pursuing. This isn’t a failure, it’s just acknowledging that sometimes relationships are just not destined to last. There’s no doubt that each person comes into your life for a reason, and perhaps it was to teach you a lesson, to help you through a specific issue, or just because it was convenient for the two people involved at the time.

Then there’s amazing friendships where two souls just connect, and regardless of time or distance, these relationships stay strong. These are the relationships that need to be nurtured and cherished. That doesn’t mean you need to speak every day but you do need to treat those people with love and respect and be there when they need you, and that needs to go both ways. When you find this kind of friendship, hold onto it. If you can count these friends on one hand, you are very lucky.

Reason, Season, or 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 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.

— Unknown


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