Reason, Season and Lifetime Friends
It’s been said that there are three types of friendships in life; Reason, Season, and Lifetime.
1. Reason Friends come into our lives for a specific reason; to help us grow or learn a lesson. Once the reason is over, the friendship comes to an end. Sometimes work friends fall into this category. We may become very close to Reason Friends and share many intimate details from our lives, but they are still Reason Friends, and although we mourn their departure it’s so gradual that neither of you notice until it’s too late.
2. Season Friends are in your life for a period of time, like friends from high school, college or sport’s teams. They are there for a time, but after that Season in our life is over, we go our separate ways. We mourn when these friendships end because it means a significant time in our life is over, but hope our paths will cross again.
3. Lifetime Friends, however are our lifeblood. Without them, life seems empty. They are there in times of joy and sorrow, and no matter what happens in our lives, their friendship remains. Sometimes they aren’t as close as others, but we always come back together. The thing about Lifetime Friends is that we can be apart for a few months or even years, but whenever we see one another again its like time has stood still and we pick up right where we left off. Being a Lifetime Friend has nothing to do with the length of the friendship. It can be three years or thirty.
I am fortunate enough to have a couple of lifetime friends and was reminded of just how much when my father, a person with whom I couldn’t have been any closer, recently passed away.
One such friend was not only able to spend several weeks with our family during my father's illness, but had also been very close to her own father and as fate would have it, doesn’t have a brother, just as I don’t have a sister.
So, after all she has said and done there didn’t seem to be anything I could possibly do to truly thank her for what she's meant to me; nothing but this, and sincerely wish that everyone whether for a reason, a season or in their lifetime could be as blessed.
You and I
You were your father’s daughter; I my father’s son.
And will always share a sorrow that never will be done.
You may not be family, but I can truly boast.
There’s not another person who’d ever come, as close.
You don’t have a brother and didn’t think you ever could.
I don’t have a sister and never thought, I would.
You are not my children’s aunt and never will be one.
I feel it doesn’t matter, for it’s what you have become.
You have always been there, when others may have went.
I have always treasured the time that you have spent.
You and I should never doubt how much we’re truly loved.
We’ll always have each other and our fathers up above.
©2016 Richard Lawrence Belford
About the Author: Richard Lawrence Belford is an Inspirational Writer who has been on a twenty year creative journey that has allowed him to become well-published. A journey that’s been fueled by his genuine desire to provide faith, comfort and hope to those in grief.
His inspirational writings have been illustrated with photography on a series of wall décor products beautifully designed by Reed Photo Art & Imaging Inc that are professionally printed on metallic photographic paper with a UV protective laminate with a contemporary black beveled edge.
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Richard has written “It’s Not Goodbye, It’s See You Later” a bereavement book that includes beautifully illustrated artwork, inspiring quotes and a collection of his inspirational parables, accompanied by the stories behind their creation.
A parable by definition is a symbolic short story that illustrates or teaches some truth, religious principle, or moral lesson. He trusts that his parables, along with these stories will stir some emotions in you that we’ve all felt, emotions that can help bring some small measure of solace to those grieving the loss of someone dear to their heart.
He recently partnered with innovative book publisher GenZ Publishing who will be releasing “It’s Not Goodbye, It’s See You Later” this Easter and genuinely hope it will inspire all who read it to always try & say; I’ll see you later, instead of goodbye.
“ An Illustrated Inspirational Verse is like a Song for those who cannot Sing!™ ”
~ Richard Lawrence Belford ~