Pursuing through the book store one afternoon I found a daily devotional type book and flipping through it found this entry. It was so good I wanted to pass it along.
There is such a truth to this concept of moving along in life. There are people that will come into your life, stay for a while and move along. Then there are those that will take up permanent residency in your heart. Take the time to identify who and what plays which type of role in your life. Some people are “for now” people, brought into your life to help you learn, to support you, to teach you, and learn from you. But they can often have an expiration date, and what we need to realize is that’s not a bad thing.
I love her concept of escorts. Some people in your life are escorts, they will come and they will go. Living a life that you create means respecting you time and investment, and that of others. Make sure that you are keeping those that enrich you, and that are open to being enriched in return.
So funny that I found this quote at this time. Just yesterday I was speaking with a few different girlfriends and we were talking about the pre-conceived idea that people in our lives WILL (or MUST) always be there forever and ever. People change, people grow. We have to give the freedom for those things in our own lives as well as the lives of others.
As you may be spring cleaning your house, your cars, your Facebook and your possessions take a few moments to spring clean life. Dust off those little shelves and back corners. You’re time is precious, your thoughts are truth and your energy is constrained. Assure that you’re investing these resources into the people, causes, thoughts and activities that enrich your life and allow you to do that same for them. Remember that it’s okay to say goodbye.
Book: Journey to the Heart
By: Melody Beattie
Leave When It’s Time to Go
It’s time to pick up, pack up, and leave.
You knew you wouldn’t be in this situation in this place with these people forever. Trust the rhythms and cycles of life. Take responsibility for yourself within each cycle. Take responsibility for yourself as each cycle ends and a new one begins.
You don’t have to hold onto messengers after they’ve delivered the message in your life, or escorts after they’ve taken you where you were trying to go. You don’t have to stay in a classroom after you’ve learned the lessons and finished that course.
Open your heart. Thank the people, places, and thing that have helped you create your world, shape you, form your experiences. Then pick up, pack up, and leave. Say good-bye with love and gratitude in your heart.
And go on down the road…