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A Reason, A Season, A Lifetime

A Reason, a Season, a Lifetime


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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 you have expressed or just felt. They have come to assist you through a hard time, to provide you with guidance and support, to aid you physically, emotionally, or spiritually. Then, suddenly, the person disappears from your life. Your need has been met; their work is done.

Some people come into your life for a SEASON, because your turn has come to share or grow or give back. They bring you an experience of peace or make you laugh. They give you great joy. Believe it; it is real. But only for a season.

“…treasure them for however long they were meant to be part of your life.”

Lifetime relationships teach you lifetime lessons—things you must build upon to have a solid emotional foundation. Your job is to accept the lesson, love the person, and put what you have learned to use in all your other relationships.

Think about the people in your life over the years. Whether they were there for a reason, a season, or a lifetime, accept them and treasure them for however long they were meant to be part of your life.

And when they are gone, be thankful for the gifts you received from them when they were here—for a reason, a season, or a lifetime.


Did anyone come to mind, as you read this story?  Were you satisfied when the time with them was up?  Would you change anything about your time together?  Perhaps it’s worth some thought.


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CONSIDER THIS with Annette Petrick consists of 90-second audio messages with a unique perspective.  Originally broadcast as a daily radio show, the sound bites are now offered as a podcast too.  The library of stories has over 500 episodes delivered with zest by a seasoned storyteller, public speaker, and radio personality.

You may hear a real-life story with a message or a punch line.  It may be a lyrical musing about ordinary things that bring happiness or deserve appreciation.  It could be a reminder, a reminiscence, or a rant.

Every Consider This episode is different.  Many have twists that get you to nodding your head or laughing in surprise.  Annette Petrick’s inspiring messages are fast-paced reminders of what’s right in your world, or how to fix what’s wrong.

SEASONAnnette and her husband Bill share a home in the beautiful Shenandoah Valley of Virginia.  They often winter on Anastasia Island, off the coast of St. Augustine, Florida.

Her Personal Story – Free PDF Book

Read about the adventures, loves, family, and passions of the Consider This writer in a winsome PDF book.  It follows her path from the coal country of Pennsylvania, to New Jersey, to the Nation’s capitol, and ultimately out to the country.  Gain instant access for free when you sign up for our email list.  You can download the 26-page book or print it out for portability.

Association Leader and Entrepreneur

Initially a prize-winning association management professional, Annette later became a consultant, speaker, and strategist, working with trade associations and professional societies from Canada to California.

What Else Does She Write?

For ten years, she wrote a 5 Minute Marketing column in Logistics Journal, published by the Transportation Intermediaries Association.

How Does She Give Back?

Annette is active in Rotary International.  She is a Paul Harris Fellow and has served as president of the Woodstock Rotary Club in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia.  She is a supporter of St Jude’s Hospital for Children and FINCA International, a global microfinance network that provides pathways out of poverty.

Where To Find Her

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P. O. Box 114
Woodstock, VA 22664

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About the author

Christine is the co-founder and editorial director for GRAND Magazine. She is the grandmother of five and great-grandmom (aka Grandmere) to one. She makes her home in St. Petersburg, Florida.

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