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Friendships

Reason, Season and Lifetime Friends

By Richard Lawrence Belford

It’s been said that there are three types of friendships in life; Reason, Season, and Lifetime.

1. Reason Friends come into our lives for a specific reason; to help us grow or learn a lesson. Once the reason is over, the friendship comes to an end. Sometimes work friends fall into this category. We may become very close to Reason Friends and share many intimate details from our lives, but they are still Reason Friends, and although we mourn their departure it’s so gradual that neither of you notice until it’s too late.

2. Season Friends are in your life for a period of time, like friends from high school, college or sport's teams. They are there for a time, but after that Season in our life is over, we go our separate ways. We mourn when these friendships end because it means a significant time in our life is over, but hope our paths will cross again.

3. Lifetime Friends, however are our lifeblood. Without them, life seems empty. They are there in times of joy and sorrow, and no matter what happens in our lives, their friendship remains. Sometimes they aren’t as close as others, but we always come back together. The thing about Lifetime Friends is that we can be apart for a few months or even years, but whenever we see one another again its like time has stood still and we pick up right where we left off. Being a Lifetime Friend has nothing to do with the length of the friendship. It can be three years or thirty.

I am fortunate enough to have a couple of lifetime friends and was reminded of just how much when my father, a person with whom I couldn’t have been any closer, recently passed away.

One such friend was not only able to spend several weeks with our family during my father’s illness, but had also been very close to her own father and as fate would have it, doesn’t have a brother, just as I don’t have a sister.

So, after all she has said and done there didn’t seem to be anything I could possibly do to truly thank her for what she’s meant to me; nothing but this, and sincerely wish that everyone whether for a reason, a season or in their lifetime could be as blessed.

You and I

You were your father’s daughter; I my father’s son and will always share a sorrow that never will be done.

You may not be family, but I can truly boast. There’s not another person who’d ever come, as close.

You don’t have a brother and didn’t think you ever could. I don’t have a sister and never thought, I would.

You are not my children’s aunt and never will be one. I feel it doesn’t matter, for it’s what you have become.

You have always been there, when others may have went. I have always treasured the time that you have spent.

You and I should never doubt how much we’re truly loved. We’ll always have each other and our fathers up above.

©2016 Richard Lawrence Belford

                                         

About the Author: Richard Lawrence Belford is an Inspirational Writer who has been on a twenty year creative journey that has allowed him to become well-published. A journey that’s been fueled by his genuine desire to provide faith, comfort and hope to those in grief.

His inspirational writings have been illustrated with photography on a series of wall décor products beautifully designed by Reed Photo Art & Imaging Inc that are professionally printed on metallic photographic paper with a UV protective laminate with a contemporary black beveled edge.

“You and I” is available at signsforyourlife.com or purchased wholesale in various sizes by registering at asignofwisdom.com.

A complete collection of these equally inspiring wall decor products showcasing Richard’s writings can be viewed by visiting his website’s Product Gallery.

Richard has also written “It’s Not Goodbye, It’s See You Later” an 8½” x 11” full-color coffee table book that includes beautifully illustrated artwork, inspiring quotes and a collection of his inspirational parables, accompanied by the stories behind their creation. 

A parable by definition is a symbolic short story that illustrates or teaches some truth, religious principle, or moral lesson. 

He trusts that his parables, along with these stories will stir some emotions in you that we’ve all felt, emotions that can help bring some small measure of solace to those grieving the loss of someone dear to their heart.

Now, although It’s Not Goodbye, It’s See You Later is about loss, it’s also about the lives and love shared by; mothers, daughters, fathers and sons; husbands, wives, sisters and brothers; grandparents and grandchildren; aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins; mother, daughter, father, son, sister and brother in-laws; and every one of their inseparable friends.

As just one of literally millions of people who have lived, loved and experienced loss Richard strongly encourages you to read this book, and truly hopes it inspires you to always try and say; “I’ll see you later, instead of goodbye.”


   ©2017 Richard Lawrence Belford and GenZ Publishing

We are all tied to the ocean. And when we go back to the sea, whether it is to sail or to watch, we are going back from whence we came.” ~ John F. Kennedy ~



It’s Not Goodbye, It’s See You Later is being published by innovative publisher GenZ Publishing & will be available this Easter at Barnes & Noble Book Stores, barnesandnoble.com, amazon.com and amazon.ca.

Richard invites you to check out Facebook page, follow him on Twitter @RichardLBelford & connect with him on LinkedIn 

He can be contacted by at info@richardlawrencebelford.ca or you can visit his website at www.richardlawrencebelford.ca for additional information. 

“ An Illustrated Inspirational Verse is like a Song for those who cannot Sing!™ ” ~ Richard Lawrence Belford ~


Friendships
Celebration
  • interests

    friendships

  • Description

    Delores Plourde

  • People connected to this celebration

    Lawrence Earl James Belford (d.)

  • Date observed

    Feb 2, 2016

  • location

    Boston, Massachusetts

Dee Plourde
I want to thank Rick for the beautiful writing he did in my honor. Words and emotions could never be expressed better than what we were all going through during this period of time when his dad....my best friend was so very ill. Together as a family we stood together and got through it through our love and compassion that has grown through these past 18 years of friendship. And it is true....I lost my Dad as Rick as lost his.....and yes indeed Rick never had a sister as I had never had a brother.....but God blessed us to meet and be together and I could never have asked for a better brother or friend like I have with Rick. Thank you Bro for being a very special part of my life. I hope people that know me will look at this beautiful piece of work you did for me and I encourage them to visit your website to see many more of your works.....Inspirationals Thoughts....feelings that have been expressed through your heart through many of life experiences....thoser of which each and every one of us has or will experience in our lives along the way. You are truly blessed with the ability through your writings. to express the feelings that many of us hold deep within our hearts and souls. Keep writing Rick.....keep the Inspirations going......For all of you that are interested in Inspirational writings....Rick's works can be viewed on his website listed above.

Have a great day all Love to all and again. Ty for being the biggest part of my life. :)
Friendships
Celebration
  • interests

    friendships

  • Description

    Delores Plourde

  • People connected to this celebration

    Lawrence Earl James Belford (d.)

  • Date observed

    Feb 2, 2016

  • location

    Boston, Massachusetts