I'm the type of person that likes to keep in touch with people. I'll call, e-mail, Face Time, set up lunch dates, meet to go for walks, all kinds of things like that. I also enjoy helping people if I can, in any way I can. Whenever asked, I'll do whatever I can to help someone out.
Sometimes, after I've helped someone, we'll lose touch. I'll call or e-mail, but for whatever reason, it seems we just can't find time to get together. Eventually I give up. I used to feel bad about that. I couldn't understand why... what happened. Then I remembered the old saying, "People enter your life for a Reason, a Season, or a Lifetime." That was it. That was my answer.
Some people come into your life for a Reason. It's very specific. The reason may be to help you with something you're going through or to help you learn something you need to know. Maybe you are to help them or teach them something. Most times it's both. But it's meant to be a relatively short encounter. Once the "problem" is solved, the relationship will be over - not in an unfriendly way - it will just seem to fade away.
Some people come into your life for a Season. There is something you need to go through together that will take a little longer. It may be an experience, a class, an interest of some kind. You may be in each other's lives for many years. But once you've gone through what you're supposed to go through together, it's over. You may not even realize it at first. But suddenly it will occur to you that you haven't been in touch with this person in quite awhile.
Some people will come into your life for a Lifetime. These are your true friends and family. They're the ones that will be with you throughout your life. They'll be there to experience everything with you and you with them.
The important thing to remember is that it's all okay. It's all the way it's supposed to be. It doesn't make any one of the relationships better or more important than the others. They're all important. They all serve their purpose. Be grateful for all the people who have come in and out of your life. Savour each and every experience and lesson learned. After all, they're all part of what makes you the amazing person you are today.