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“It is over”, Angie repeated to herself. “Our relationship is over”, Angie read over and over again on the computer screen in front of her.

She saw that coming. She knew deep down that this relationship wasn’t going to last for too long. A couple of months ago, she came across a poem that made a great impact on her. The poem is called “reason, season, lifetime”. (I will reproduce it here for the sake of clarity and I apologize deeply from my little sister who isn’t very fond of reproduced texts or poems):

“Reason, Season, Lifetime” by Aleksandra Lachut

“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.

Thank you for being a part of my life, 
whether you were a reason, a season or a lifetime.”

She repeated to herself, “thank you for being a part of my life, whether you were in my life for a reason, for a season or for a lifetime.” She couldn’t help but to feel bad or at least uncomfortable about the whole thing. She thought when she met Rudolph a couple of weeks ago, that she finally met the companion of her life. But she was wrong. She read the poem one more time and thought to  herself, that this poem omits other types of relationships. She thought that some people come into our life for a very short period of time – a few seconds, a few minutes, a few days, a few weeks, or a few months – sometimes we notice their presence and sometimes we don’t. Sometimes we like their presence in our lives and sometimes we don’t. We call them acquaintances, colleagues, friends, cousins, mates, buddies, friends of friends, companions, comrades, neighbors, fellows, students, teachers, employers, … Why do they come into our lives? Why do they leave?

Thank you 🙂