I've always believed that people are either in your life for a "season," meaning they are around for a few months, or a year, and then for whatever reason your friendship ends, they may be in your life for a "reason" and once the purpose of your friendship has been fulfilled the friendship is no more, or my personal favorite a " lifetime" a strong bond, and connection that no time space or words can change. An understanding of two minds on a deep level, a connection with a person that you may not have with any other person in this world, and that connection is worth knowing this person for their LIFETIME and making an effort to insure that they remain a part of your life.
Many have few " lifers " as I like to call them :) They change with the seasons and find it hard to stay true to themselves because they are still figuring out who their " selves " are. Unwilling to work and put the effort fourth, compromise and forgive, understand and empathize. I have many " lifers ". People in my life that I plan to know for my entire life, connections that I have made with individuals that are essential for my well being. Strong souls, kind words, unique minds, warm hearts, broken spirits, beautiful human beings that I fully intend to know my entire life. If I associate with you on my free time, I intend to know you my entire life. Because life is too short to spend it with people that I do not love, admire, care for, think about, and want to know my entire life. You always make time for what is important to you, whether it is once a day, once a week, once a month, or once a year.
Every where I go, I meet people. Beautiful people, that have an impact on my life, no matter how small that impact may be. I open my mind and my heart and share a piece of my "true" self with them. You would be amazed at the kind of things people say when talking to a stranger. You can be whoever you want to be with a stranger, think about that.
And believe it or not, EVERY SINGLE DAY you have the power to affect someones life, you can chose to affect it in a positive way or a negative way... the choice is yours. Smile at a stranger. Hold the door for the person coming in behind you. Ask the lady behind the desk how her day is going, and listen intently looking into her eyes when she answers.