“People come into your life for a reason, a season, or a lifetime.
When someone is in your life for a reason, it is usually to meet a need. They have come to assist you through a difficulty, to aid you physically, emotionally, or spiritually. They are there for the reason you need them to be. Then without any wrong doing on your part, this person will say or do something to bring the relationship to an end. What we must realize is that our need has been met, their work is done. The prayer you sent up has been answered. And it is now time to move on.
When people come into your life for a season, it is because your turn has come to share, grow, or learn. They may bring you an experience of peace, or make you laugh. They may teach you something you have never done. They usually give you an unbelieveable amount of joy. Believe it, it is real. But only for a season.
Lifetime relationships teach you lifetime lessons; your job is to accept the lesson, love the person, and put what you have learned to use in all other relationships. Live, learn, and pass it on. ” — Written by a traveler in a Bolivian hostal journal, 2013
Today I met someone who came into my life for a reason. A big reason.
It seems like every day I have to remind myself that every person I encounter is there to serve a purpose and I forget to pay attention to the potential relationship that could form.
This morning I grudgingly crawled out of bed at 5:48am after a late night dinner party with my tribe (best night ever.). After roughly pulling myself together, I headed out of town on a ‘Spring into Yellowstone’ tour of The Park. I was hired by the Chamber to photograph a few events, so I was excited for what the day was to bring.
Long story short… I toured Yellowstone all day with a small group, took lots of photos, saw a swan, bison & their calves, elk, fox, cranes, deer, geysers, boiling mud pots, raging waterfalls, burnt trees, green trees, fallen trees. Saw people of all types. Was amazed by the diversity of nature, humans very much included. I mostly saw people who live in a completely different reality than I. Nearly unable to use their bodies, even for a short walk to the next sight or simply getting in a van. I so deeply appreciate what my body does for me every second of every day, and that is nothing I will take for granted again. I saw people who did not look up from their phones a single time. I am grateful for my presence, and will always choose to be with the people I am with and in the place I am in. I saw people who did not even come close to appreciating the beauty they were surrounded by. I am in awe of our Mother Earth and respect and admire all things she provides effortlessly.
And then I saw people who lit up at the sight of bent trees. I saw people who were curious about Nature. I saw people who were passionately photographing everything in sight. I saw people holding each other in an embrace so tight nothing could break it. I saw people who are suffering inside, and just want a reason to be happy. I saw people who had no idea that their smile made my day brighter. I saw a man who I knew from ‘my previous life’ living in Washington. I saw so many beautiful beings today, and they all changed me.
But there was one in particular who really impacted my life. Where do I even begin?
Arthur. My newly adopted Grandfather.
This man just showed me the most unforgettable things.
He showed me forgiveness, for others, for your past, for your future, for yourself. He showed me childlike joy in simple endeavors… like birdwatching, fishing, traveling, family, dreams. He showed me fearful acceptance of death. His aquamarine eyes never broke contact with mine during our 3 hour conversation, even when he teared up when talking about how amazing being in Nature makes him feel.
We watched Old Faithful erupt side by side. Later he told me to only do what I love, and not waste any of my precious time doing anything else. He offered me much needed life advice. And then he took mine to heart.
He hugged me over the seat in our tour van, and told me that I was his new grand-daughter… the one he never had. A young girl, beyond my years, who simply showed him the value of joy, of passion, of making dreams come true.
Art. Thank you. You changed my life.
Open yourself Now.
Open to possibilities.
Open to the people around you.
Open yourself to yourself.