“People come into your life for a reason, a season or a lifetime. When you know which one it is, you will know what to do for that person.” – Brian Andrew Chalker
This quote, to me, has a double meaning. Obviously, some people come into your life for positive reasons. These are people you love and trust that bring you happiness and fulfillment. These are the people you lean on and learn from. This is the easy way to look at it, right?
But, what about those other folks? What about the difficult people that you encounter? What about the people you clash with regularly? What about the people that challenge you (and not always positively)? Can it not be assumed that these people weren’t also put into your life for a reason? I think it would be detrimental to not believe this. This has easily been one of the toughest things for me to learn, and I am not even close to that point yet. But, what I am trying to do is approach people in a manner that allows me to learn from them, whether that lesson be what to do, or what not to do. Both are of equal importance.
With this being said, let us not also forget that, to others, we’re the people in their lives. Chalker’s quote above specifically mentions what you can do for people. Just as important as learning and taking lessons from those around you is the ability to give and teach. I think this is where you can begin to fully accept those difficult people in your life. Realize your role in their lives and believe that it is just as important as their role in yours.
It’s all about attitude and compassion. Getting to a place where you’re thankful for all of the people in your life has got to be such a fulfilling feeling.
Let’s get there.
Have an awesome Thursday,