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People come into our lives for a Reason, Season or Lifetime

Nine years ago, I met a colleague who quickly became a very close friend and kindred soul. Very early on, she sent me the following poem below. I was perplexed. How strange to meet and connect with someone only for them to share with you such a poem. I can safely say we are still close friends despite the various challenges and distractions of life.

The poem she shared lives on however and provide me with a constant reminder that sometimes when people leave us, we should not be sad that it’s over but instead be happy that it happened. Here goes:

People come into our lives for a Reason,
a Season or a Lifetime. Once we figure out
which one it is, we will know exactly what to do.

When someone is in our life for a REASON,
it is usually to meet a need we have expressed.
They have come to assist us through a difficulty;
to provide us with guidance and support; to aid
us physically, emotionally or spiritually. They
may seem like a godsend, and they are! They
are there for the reason we need them to be.

Then, without any wrongdoing on our 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 move away, or they may just walk away.
Sometimes they act up and force us to take a stand.

But what we must realize is that our need has been met,
our desire fulfilled; their work is done. The prayer we
sent up has been answered and now it is time to move on.

Some people come into our life for a SEASON
because our turn has come to share, grow or learn
something. They bring us peace, make us laugh,
or they may teach us something and give us joy.
It’s real. We can believe it – but only for a season.


LIFETIME relationships teach us lifetime lessons;
things we must build upon in order to have a solid
emotional foundation. Our job is to accept the lesson,
love the person, and put what we have learned to use
in all other relationships and areas of our life.

There is a role for every person we meet in life.
Some are there to test us, some are there to love
us and some are there to teach us. Then there’s
the rare amazing ones who bring out the best in us,
the ones sent to remind us why it’s all worth it.


Some people come into our lives and quickly go,
while others become our friends and stay a while,
leaving beautiful footprints on our hearts, and we’re
never quite the same because we have known them.