Last night I was at a friend's birthday dinner. A small group of us were discussing people and incidents from our past [I promise it was not in the form of gossip]. When asked if I thought I'd be invited to the wedding of a friend I no longer speak to, I quickly said no. Honestly, for a split second I was a bit upset- maybe even angry. Speaking about the situation made the reality set it. It brought to life the fact that we are no longer friends.
As I tried to change the subject, I caught myself thinking, "Reasons, seasons or lifetime." And thank goodness I did.
While there are some people that you'll be close to forever, there are others that may come and go with the seasons. But almost everyone, if you truly think about it, has been placed in your life for a reason. Whether they've taught you something big or small, they've served some kind of purpose.
Therefore, as I'm quick to feel sad about recieving one less wedding invitation [or lost friendship] during my lifetime, I am certain I've learned at least one important lesson. What did she teach me? As you're on the journey to find out who you are, don't be afraid to make mistakes and learn from them. And certainly don't let others put you down for the various opportunities you take. Experience is how you learn more about yourself.
As I wish my old friend a lifetime of happiness with her future husband, I remain thankful for our seasonal friendship. I'll always remember the outcome of our interactions and the realizations that have made me a stronger person.
And to those friends who will be with me for the long haul, thank you for all that you have and WILL teach me. For you I am so blessed.
On another note, how cute is this "thankful tree"? Such a fun way to count and remember your blessings.
Happy Friday! XO