Musings From A Musical Mind

My Life Journey

There comes a point in your life when you realize:

Who matters,
Who never did,
Who won’t anymore…
And who always will.
So, don’t worry about people from your past,
there’s a reason why they didn’t make it to your future.

My friend Nancie sent me an email this morning with the above saying in it. I like it. It’s true – much as we try to pretend that ‘everyone’ matters and should have the same place in our hearts and lives.  It simply isn’t possible.

I like to think of life  – like a long journey. We meet people along the way that help us as we go along our way. People that we share common likes and dislikes with – those that bring laughter and friendship.  These people lend a hand and help us to get on the right path – give us a clearer view of the road signs up ahead.  But some people who we meet – are off the ‘path’.  They beckon to us and because they may be interesting – we follow them for a while. Pretty soon we are so far off our ‘path’ we cannot see which way to go. Then other people come along – maybe even just one – and calmly lead us back to the path – and stay with us while we work hard to catch up for time lost.  Those people understand us the most – because they too have fallen off ‘the path’ and know how hard it is to come back.

Some people stay with us throughout our long journey – the good and bad – the painful times and times of joy – others are just here for a ‘season’ and we never see or talk to them again. Others we meet later in our journey are precious to us – because they too have been on a similar ‘journey’ where life has been stormy and the path rocky and hard to follow. They understand us – they know what to watch out for – and how to ‘talk us though it’. Those people are invaluable to us.

It sounds cold and hard to say that we must leave people behind in our lives – but sadly we must – not everyone can come with us on our journey of life. And so we thank them for what they contributed – some bad and some good – but we leave them and turn toward the rest of our ‘journey’ while walking beside good friends.

To those I’ve had to say ‘goodbye’ to – for whatever reason – I learned from you – and grew from the experience of having you in my life.

And to those who are currently on my ‘path’ – I’m thankful and privileged to call you ‘friend’.  You are on my ‘life journey’ and I’m so grateful for each and every one of you today.

God Bless

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Comments on: "My Life Journey" (6)

  1. I’ve had some friends that I wish had stuck along for the journey a little longer. Grieving the loss of their close friendship is always hard. Whether because of distance, life changes or death, they are no longer part of the journey but are still missed. At the same time, some individuals have had to be “kicked off” the path so I could continue my journey. They were an obstacles or distraction and not a help. Many, many, many were there along the way as divine appointments so I could help THEM (it wasn’t about me). It is a joy to see most of them flourishing and growing and on their own journeys. Some of them are now “farther” along and more “successful” on their journey than I am! And, an occasional contact from them is always a joy. Some of us are meant and wired to take our journey with crowds around us. Some of us are meant and wired to take our journey with a small compadre of friends. A few of us are meant and wired to take a journey that is lonely except for the occasional individual(s) who share it for short stints. Discovering those differences and becoming comfortable with it is part of our own personal journeys; once discovered, it contentment settles in along with peace and the journey can be enjoyed for what it is.

    • Well – now that the four of us have ‘reconnected’ Ron – I hope you will not feel alone on your journey. It’s not healthy for any one to be or feel alone – no matter how we may seem to be ‘wired’. We plan on being there on your journey – so get used to it buddy! All kidding aside – I have appreciated you so much this last year – year and a half or so – you have been a ‘god-send’ to me and I know I don’t tell you that enough. Thanks for you steady kind words of encouragement and camaraderie during a difficult time.

  2. So true. I’ve had the most wonderful people in my life, but some have only been there for a season. I’ve also had some destructive people come into my life and happily they have mostly stayed only for a season as well.

    We do have to be careful not to pursue a relationship with some. We have to listen to God’s leading. I’ve talked about this before. Some people are put in our path because we need to help them, but some are put there to distract us. God will give you the discernment to know which is which. We must listen to Him.

    • So true JoJo! So glad we’re on the same path and that I met you along my ‘journey’ – you’re a constant encouragement to me and I appreciate you!

  3. debi verwers said:

    Cindy I’m glad your on my path right now……thanks for your words of wisdom, your kindness, your prayers…..I am blessed to know you! Thanks again for a great blog!!

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