I watched The Curious Case of Benjamin Button last night. I found it a really sad and poignant film. Particularly the way it explores building attachments, sharing experiences and loving people and then losing them. Naturally, due to his reverse ageing, Benjamin is forced to deal with this even more head-on but it seems his peace is found in his acceptance that this is the way life is.
People come into your life, you love them, you lose them.
Yesterday some friends came to visit and asked if we’d stay in touch after we leave Solihull. Of course we’d love to stay in touch with everybody everywhere but it just isn’t practical. We’ve only been married 8 years and we have dozens of friends from Sheffield, Solihull, Montenegro and other places as well as many other friends we have known before we met. All of these friends are precious to us but I think the best way to cherish a friendship is to recognise that it is a friendship for a season.
Maybe the friendship is for a particular job or course. Or to help overcome a particular difficulty or stage in life. Some friendships span a decade or two and maybe a few can last a lifetime. But just because people drift or don’t have the practical means to keep in touch does not mean the friendship has been any less significant.
Facebook is great for keeping in touch with old friends but is there a danger that we end up prolonging friendships beyond their natural course and therefore diluting the impact of that person on our lives? I’m not saying it is like this, it’s just a thought.
But anyway…my point is this; let’s cherish the friendships we have and have had and be thankful for the different seasons that people come into our lives and the roles they play there. To all my friends out there, thanks for being there. I am very grateful for your support and all the great memories – I look forward to any times together in the future and will be sad if that is not meant to be…….