Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Your Assignment: Reflect, Learn, Grow

I'm pretty busy this week with work and have no time to think and write. However,  yesterday night before I slept,  I read this article below from the Positive Thoughts website,  found it very true and useful, therefore,  I would love to share it with you here. Click here for the website link.

"When someone is in your life for a REASON, it may be they have come to assist you through a difficulty, or to provide you with guidance. They may be in your life to support you physically, emotionally, or spiritually.

A difficult person can challenge you to grow in patience, forgiveness, and/or understanding. Some people may test your strength, commitment, willpower, determination, and/or ethics. A positive and supportive person who comes into our life may seem like a blessing and godsend; and they are. In either case, the person has come into your life for the reason needed.

One day, seemingly without any reason, the relationship may come to an end. This may happen over time as you drift apart, or more suddenly. It may be a positive experience such as someone getting married or moving to another city to take a job offer. Or, the relationship may end through negative circumstances that force you to take a stand on an issue.

What we must realize is that a need has been met – for you and for them. Perhaps it was an unknown need, or maybe it was an answer to a prayer. If the relationship has ended, then reflect, give thanks, consider what you learned, think about what you could/would do better next time (even if you felt the relationship was a good one), forgive if needed, hope/wish/pray the best for that person, and then move on in your journey.

Some people come into your life for a SEASON — an extended period of time. Just as there are seasons for planting, growing, and harvesting; in your  life, there are seasons when you are prepared to learn, grow, or produce. There are other times in your life when you’re not prepared to grow, learn, or even listen. So, when someone comes into your life at a certain season, it is (hopefully) because the timing is right for what they can offer you.

This person may bring you an experience of great peace, joy, or happiness. They may empower you to do something you have never done before. They may you assurance and strengthen your self-confidence. Accept this, and embrace it. It is real. Yet, maybe for only for a season.

Consider… In life, you may have tasks on a To Do list as well as long-term projects that need to be pursued over a period of weeks, months, or years. In the same way, those who come into your life for a short-term Reason, may help you check something off our To Do list. Those who come into your life for a Season will (hopefully) remain for the duration of a more complex long-term purpose.

Some people are in your life for a LIFETIME. These people are, perhaps, the greatest blessing because they stick with you through the Reasons, Seasons, and through your entire lifetime. Lifetime relationships teach you lifetime lessons. These are often qualities, skills, and aspects of your character you must build upon in order to have a solid foundation for yourself and in service to others. Be sure to acknowledge, value, be thankful for, and love the people who are in your life for a lifetime. Apply what you have learned. It is said that love is blind but friendship is clairvoyant.

Your Assignment: Reflect, Learn, Grow

Take time to be intentionally and contentiously thankful for everyone in your life; whether they are in your life for a Reason, a Season, or a Lifetime. Know that you are in other peoples’ lives for a Reason, a Season, or a Lifetime. Re-read the above writing, and think about your family, friends, colleagues, clients, and acquaintances. As yourself, “What calling and purpose am I best equipped to help this person in their life on their life’s journey?” You may or may not feel you know if you are in their life for a Reason, a Season, or a Lifetime. Consider, meditate, and pray about how you can best be of service on every level for everyone you know. If you’re in someone’s life for a reason, don’t bail out on them prior to seeing things through. Know that most relationships are two ways. Don’t presume you are in someone’s life to serve them for a reason or season without considering what it is you need to learn from them."

When reading it for first time, I was like, Wow, I was so amazed by it!! This article blew my mind. In fact, I just encountered it quite recently. Tell me, did you think of someone when you read the above? Like,  the people who came into your life for a season, the people who are in your life for a life time?? I did. And unknowingly, when relationship ended, I reflected on what had happened all this while, gave thanks to that person (even my friend called me 'Buddha' as I was doing this... lolx! ), considered what I have learned, thought about what I could/would do better next time, forgave the person, hoped/wished/prayed the best for that person, and then moved on in my journey.

I am quite lucky though, having some people who are sticking in my life for a life time. They are my greatest blessings in my life.  I can't stop being grateful and thank them for being there for me in good and bad times, and their incessant efforts to make me happy to live in this life. Their supports, loves, and prayers have made me complete and full of love, ready to give my love back to those who need it. Thank you,  thank you, and thank you. You know who you are :)

Hopefully you can do this assignment too in your life continously, to reflect,  learn,  and grow. Have a great day everyone!!! :)

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