He was gone. I had so enjoyed him in my life – and now he had moved on. I was sad to know that we would confer no more. Our collaborations were over. I was on my own and feeling a little lost. Wanted to reach out to him. Wanted things to be as they once were. But that was not to be.
Making sense of it all resulted in this consideration.
A Reason, a Season, a Lifetime #456
People come into your life for a reason, a season, or a lifetime.
When someone is in your life for a REASON, it is usually to meet a need you have expressed or just felt. They have come to assist you through a hard time, to provide you with guidance and support, to aid you physically, emotionally or spiritually. Then, suddenly, the person disappears from your life. Your need has been met; their work is done.
Some people come into your life for a SEASON, because your turn has come to share or grow or give back. They bring you an experience of peace or make you laugh. They give you great joy. Believe it; it is real. But only for a season.
Lifetime relationships teach you lifetime lessons—things you must build upon 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 your other relationships.
Think about the people in your life over the years. Whether they were there for a reason, a season or a lifetime, accept them and treasure them for however long they were meant to be part of your life.
And when they are gone, be thankful for the gifts you received from them when they were here—for a reason, a season or a lifetime.
He had been there for just a season. A long season and a fruitful one. Our collaborations had good results. We reached goals and achieved successes. So maybe the reason for that season was for us both to grow and learn from each other. We each gained self-assurance, so we could each move on to the next season with confidence and aplomb. When I think of him now, I remember what a special teacher once said, “Don’t be sad that it’s over. Be glad that it happened.”