There’s a saying that people come into your life for a reason, a season or a lifetime. I’ve found that to be true. I’ve also found that every single person has come to teach me something.
My lifetime friends are the ones I can be my whole unedited self with, knowing that I will be loved and accepted. Our friendships are honest, and have withstood disagreements, tragedies, weddings, divorces, babies, deaths and the colossal ups and downs of life. From them I have learned the true meaning of unconditional love.
Some friends have come and gone, and from them, I learned that you can’t hold love with a tight grip, but only with an open hand.
Some friends are far away, but never stray from my heart. From them I learned that real love is timeless and can sustain long distance and periods of silence. (Diane- 28 years)
Some friends come into your life exactly when you need them. From them I’ve learned that prayers are answered.
Some friends turned out not to be friends. From them I learned how to value myself.
Some friends stood by me when I was down, but resented me when I had success. From them I learned the importance of celebrating others’ victories.
Some were not happy to see me grow and change. From them I learned how to stand for myself.
Some were just plain mean and vindictive, and from them I learned the importance of boundaries, and releasing negativity from my heart.
Not one person has come or gone from my life without adding value to me as a person, so I can honestly say that every relationship has been a blessing. I have no regrets…even the bad ones were good once. I try to hold on to the happy memories of relationships gone bad, but most importantly I strive to learn the lesson that it held for me.
Who have been the blessings in your life – both good and bad?