Friday, August 03, 2007

Simple Connections

What is it that draws people together? What makes two people connect as friends or lovers? Is it attraction? Is it same ethnicity? Is it the same religion or political views? What seems to tie the knot between two people who connect so well?

I’ve always noticed for myself, when I come across a friend who I simply connect with, I find that it has a lot to do with similar trials we both endured. We relate, we talk…we connect. It’s like being in a strange foreign country where no one knows your language. You walk around for miles trying to find somebody who speaks your own language- but there’s no one. Then days later, months later, or even years later, you find a person who speaks your language—fluently. The relief that follows brings pure joy.

I found that with a few people in my life. Some of those people are still in my life today. I received one of those forward emails a while ago that said, “A friend comes into your life for a reason, a season and/or for a lifetime.” I truly believe that. There are some people who I have connected with that are no longer in my life today, but I am so grateful that they’ve came into my life- even if it was only for a short time. I’ve learned something valuable from each and every one of them. There’s not one person I regret meeting. (Well, maybe just one!)

Isn’t it funny when somebody can finish your sentences, your thoughts and can totally relate to you on every level? It’s like a breath of fresh air. You hope that the friendship/relationship can continue forever, but you also have to keep in mind the ‘reason, season and/or for a lifetime’ quote. That person may be there for a short while to help you through a certain situation in your life, or they may be there for a particular reason and possibly for a lifetime. If we can just enjoy the journey and not focus so much on the future, it makes such a difference. You’ll never look back with regret.

This weekend, tell the person who relates to you, whether it’s a friend, lover or relative that you’re happy that they’re in your life ‘right now’. Tell them how much you care for them. Let them know how grateful you are…

Thank you, Michelle! I'm totally grateful.