There comes a point in your life when you realize:
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.