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Chance Meeting -- Friends in Your Life?

Friends come into your life for a reason, a season, or a lifetime. 

Work like you don't need the money,
love like you've never been hurt,
and dance like no one is watching.

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 wrong doing on your part, or at an inconvenient time, this person may say or do something to bring the relationship to an end.  Sometimes they die.  Sometimes they walk away. What must be realized is that a need has been met, a desire fulfilled, and their work is done. The prayer you sent up has been answered . . . and now it is time to move on.

When 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.

Stop here and just smile if you don't want to do this last part:

Tell people today that you care about or love them and see how many people care about or love you! Don't feel embarrassed. You can do it in person, or if your're shy, send this page's link to your friends by e-mail.

You can determine where you might stand in the personal friendship department with the following scale:

> 0 friends = You need to work on "people skills."
> 2 friends = You're nice but try to be more outgoing.
> 4 friends = You've picked your friends well.
> 6 friends = You're down-right popular.
> 8 or more friends = You're totally awesome!