When I was in high school and college, my mother would preach at me. Do this, don’t do that. Ladies do this, nere-do-wells do that. She was a typical southern mother, in my best estimation. She wanted what was best for me.
Once I was no longer available for her daily “consults” on my choices, behaviors and a myriad of other topics she felt I needed to consider, she would send me newspaper clippings in the mail. Her favorite were “anti-smoking” ones when I was a smoker. Once I quit that nasty habit, she sent me information on topics she thinks I need at any particular time.
For instance, I’ll bet you didn’t know that nearly every ailment and malady known to man can be cured by old-fashioned apple cider vinegar, did you? Well, now you know! And, if you want a list — or a dozen lists — on how exactly you can use this for every possible cure and application, call me. I’ll send you to my mother.
How do I know that technology is really making an impact? My mother.
Now she sends me emails instead of newspaper clippings and magazine articles. That’s progress!
Today, I’ll share with you a bit of wisdom she sent me last week, just in case it’s something you need to read, but you aren’t lucky enough to have a mom that emails you such things:
A Reason, A Season or A Lifetime
People come into your life for a Reason, a Season, or a Lifetime. When you know which one it is for a person, 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 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.
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.
(Note: Image taken from Morguefile.com courtesy of photographer smallwon.)