“Not everyone will make it to your future. Some people are just passing through to teach you lessons in life.”
What a cool thought.
Leaving jobs, moving to a new city, other times we enter new chapters in life, it can be very sad to lose the day to day connections with friends, neighbors and colleagues. Often we may plan to maintain contact and continue the relationships.
We intend to maintain these friendships and, for a while, it works. We get together, catch up on each other’s lives, share stories from our past together, and then go back to our current lives. Gradually, the visits are less frequent, until eventually some of them end.
But rather than considering this a loss, we can consider this evolution a gift and consider the lessons from the people who passed through. Even if the relationship did not continue on for years and years, we can remember the impact the person had on us, the important event he or she was there for; good memories of great people who we once cared for a great deal.
Of course there are some difficult memories of bad experiences as well and perhaps some of the bad experiences have taught the most important lessons. It is in our response to some of the tough things in life that may provide for the most growth, mentally, emotionally and spiritually.
I am thankful for relationships with people. For those who have passed through and for those of the future.