People come into your life for a Reason, Season or a Lifetime 


This phrase rings so true for me in so many situations in my life. It’s sometimes hard to let go of a relationship, or a time. Some thins we wish could last last forever, but they are not always meant to, and learning to accept this can bring us peace.

Cocoa Cay Bahamas 2011


I love the reason people and that’s what I want to focus on here. There are people who come into our lives for a moment, a conversation, to pass on a message or to help us through a day. Generally we don’t keep these people in our lives for long and they are there to help us on to the next stage or the next moment.


I love chance meetings and that intense time of feeling a closeness to a stranger. I was on a plane the other day and I sat with a man who I’d never seen before, never spoken to, and we talked deeply and philosphpically about life for the full 90 minute flight. I left feeling lighter, happier and with a renewed perspective of the world. Speaking to a stranger can allow you to speak openly and honestly about your feelings about your life. You are who you are as you are presented in that situation and without any of your history to cloud or influence the conversation.


I have had a number of conversations like this and meetings throughout my travels in the past 5 years. I really enjoy them and treasure those moments. Often I have been in a time of resistance or am feeling angst towards the world and these people step in, open me up, help me to share and work through my thoughts and then go on their merry way. No commitment, no hassle, just a good old chat and some important reminders and messages.


Abbotsford, Melbourne, 2011

I encourage you to embrace these situations. You may be tired and feel as though you want to be left alone and get on with your thing, but these can be welcome interruptions. They may give you insight into the way you were feeling and take you to a different level of thinking.


Thank you kind stranger and I too wish you all the best with this next season of your life.


(Photos from my random collection of Travel snaps – because they are beautiful)

This one is for the lifetime - Taken Oaxaca, Mexico 2009


A poem to explain more:


Reason, Season, or Lifetime

People come into your life for a reason, a season or a lifetime.
When you figure out which one it is,
you will know what to do for each person.

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

Then, without any wrongdoing on your 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 walk away.
Sometimes they act up and force you to take a stand.
What we must realize is that our need has been met, our desire fulfilled; their work is done.
The prayer you sent up has been answered and now it is time to move on.

Some people come into your life for a SEASON,
because your turn has come to share, grow or learn.
They bring you an experience of peace or make you laugh.
They may teach you something you have never done.
They usually give you an unbelievable amount of joy.
Believe it. It is real. But only for a season.

LIFETIME relationships teach you lifetime lessons;
things you must build upon in order to have a solid emotional foundation.
Your job is to accept the lesson, love the person,
and put what you have learned to use in all other relationships and areas of your life.
It is said that love is blind but friendship is clairvoyant.

— Unknown

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