Somebody I Used to Know

by Lindsay on June 21, 2012

in Inspiration, Kindness, Personal Growth, Relationships

Last Friday, I either saw or bumped into 3 different people who I either hadn’t seen or spoken to in months or more. The first time it happened, I thought “What a weird coincidence”. In a city of 6 million, it’s not every day you bump into someone you know. Two hours later when it happened again, I thought, “Is something in the air?” The third time it happened, I knew there was a message in these “random” meetings for me. But what was it?

Everyone has people who were once in their life, who we’ve either forgotten, let slip away or had a falling out with. It happens with friends and family members alike. Most often, we just get too busy to keep in touch – always rushing from one place to another – that we forget to nurture our relationships.

But aren’t relationships the foundation to a happy life? Aren’t they what keep us going? More than money or a good job or a cool vacation – it’s the relationships in our lives that give us fuel to live. Yet, we spend more time and energy on reaching for those “other” things than we often do on what is most important: the people in our lives who make it worth living.

Who isn’t in your life any longer, but should be? I’m not talking about your verbally abusive aunt who you wrote out of your life years ago. I’m not even talking about the old friend from high school who never makes time for you anymore. I’m talking about the people who were in your life and fell out for no good reason other than you being “too busy”. Friendships are like seasons: they come and go. True. Not every friendship is meant to last a lifetime. But if you have a hankering feeling in your heart about that someone you feel is out of your life and shouldn’t be…why not get in touch?

What would happen if you rekindled that friendship? Re-connected with your cousin? Called up your old friend to say “I miss you and I love you”? You won’t know ‘til you find out. For now, I’ll leave you with a song:

Do you have someone in your life you’d like to reconnect with? What would it take for you to pick up the phone and call them? 

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Carolyn June 21, 2012 at 9:44 am

Great post, Lindsay! This really resonated with me as I am often contemplating the relationships in my life and why some have lasted and others haven’t… glad that you and I are still friends after all these years! XO

Lindsay June 21, 2012 at 6:02 pm

I am so glad we’re still friends too, Carolyn! You’ll always have a place in my heart and life!

MK June 21, 2012 at 3:10 pm

What if you know in your heart that a specific person is suppossed to be in your life by they are not ready to take that step at the present time!!!????

Lindsay June 21, 2012 at 6:01 pm

Well, if they’re not ready, then chances are – in my experience – that it’s not quite time for them to be yet. I suppose patience is key to this one!

Anne McCarroll June 21, 2012 at 5:06 pm

What a great thing to have seen those three people all in one day! That’s like having a friendship thanksgiving dinner! And to think: what you felt at seeing them, no doubt you did something important for them, too – so, that’s dessert!!

And a great call to arms, Lindsay. Neat how your post and Julie’s makes the connection of ‘connecting’ as souls – not as people caught up in the ‘whatever’ of life.

Lindsay June 21, 2012 at 6:34 pm

You know, I hadn’t made that connection between mine and Julie’s posts this week ’til now. Thanks for that, Anne!

LOL @ friendship thanksgiving dinner! Pretty cool, eh?

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