A Reason, A Season or A Lifetime

By:  Katie Austin

As many of you know, I am a collector of good quotes and poems.  It is many of these well written creations that motivated me through my breast cancer battle, keeping me moving forward when I wanted to give up.   One of my all time favorite poems talks about how people come into your life for a reason, season or a lifetime.

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 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.

When people come into your life for a SEASON, it is 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 in your life.

That’s why it is said that love is blind, but friendship is clairvoyant.

— Author unknown

After I read this poem for the first time, everything made sense.   I especially learned this life lesson about the people in my life when I fought my breast cancer.  There were those that came into my life temporarily that I met along the way that helped to make me smile, keeping my spirits up when I just wanted to crawl into a corner and cry.  Others came into my life that I will cherish their friendship for as long as I live and feel that we will be lifetime friends, forever changed by the cancer we fought together.

This poem says it all and after you read it, you will feel better about those in your life as they are there for a reason, a season or a lifetime.  I hope that you will keep the Every Woman blog family as one of your lifetime friendships!

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