Updated: Oct 16, 2022
I truly believe people come into our life for a reason and a season in time. These, friends, acquaintances, and loved ones that flow in and out of our life, may impact us positively or negatively but either way it's the universe's way of guiding us in our journey called life.
About 20+ years ago, a dear friend gave me the wonderful essay below. My typewriter copy (yes, it was typed on a typewriter) is so old it shows it's age with coffee spills, folds, and pin holes (where it was pinned to my cork board). The power of its message continues to resonate with me and it's the reason why I still have the original to this day.
I hope you find this essay insightful and can look deeper into your own relationships and experiences along life's journey.
Sometimes people come into your life and you know right away that they were meant to be there, to serve some sort of purpose, teach you a lesson, or to help you figure out who you are or who you want to become. You never know who these people may be (possibly your roommate, neighbor, professor, coworker, long lost friend, lover or even a complete stranger), but when you lock eyes with them, you know at that moment they will affect your life in some profound way.
And sometimes things happen to you that may seem horrible, painful and unfair at first, but in reflection you find that without overcoming those obstacles you would have never realized your potential, strength, will power, or heart.
Everything happens for a reason. Nothing happens by chance or by means of good luck. Illness, injury, love, lost moments of true greatness, and sheer stupidity all occur to test the limits of your soul. Without these small tests, whatever they may be, life would be a like a smoothly paved, straight, flat road to nowhere. It would be safe and comfortable, but dull and utterly pointless.
The people you meet who affect your life, and the success and downfalls you experience help to create who you are and who you become. Even the bad experiences can be learned from. In fact, they are probably the most poignant and important ones.
If someone hurts you, betrays you, or breaks your heart forgive them, for they have helped you learn about trust and the importance of being cautious to when you open up your heart. If someone loves you, love them back unconditionally, not only because they love you, but because in a way, they are teaching you to love and how to open your heart and eyes to things. Make every day count.
Appreciate every moment and take from those moments everything that you possibly can for you may never be able to experience it again. Talk to people that you have never talked to before, and actually listen. Let yourself fall in love, break free , and set your sights high. Hold your head up because you have every right to. Tell yourself you are great individual and believe in yourself, for if you don't believe in yourself, it will be hard for others to believe in you. You can make of your life anything you wish.
Create your own life and then go out and live it with absolutely no regrets. Most importantly, if you love someone tell them, for you never know what tomorrow may have in store. And learn a lesson in life each day you live.
~~ Author Unknown