No one enters your life by chance. If someone great comes into our lives, it’s because we are prepared for them. Of course, many people only come into our lives to teach us a lesson. Sometimes, the lessons are bitter and painful, but that doesn’t mean that they are not important.

There are people out there whose purpose in our lives is to shake us to our core. To make us leave our comfort zones and then leave. The transformation may hurt us, but it is essential for our growth process. We become better people after it. Sometimes, the universe sends people who are not meant to stay in your life but will help you grow as a person and show you the right path toward happiness.

Every person we meet serves a specific role in our life, whether to help us make the right decision and guide us on the right path, or completely change our lives and stay forever with us. Here are six possible reasons why we shouldn't take any person we meet for granted.

  1. They are sent to awaken us.
  2. They are sent to help us.
  3. They are sent to give us courage.
  4. They are sent to remind us of something.
  5. They are sent to hold space for us.
  6. They are sent to teach us a lesson.

I find you can learn something from everyone who crosses your path. Some to make us strong, and others to show us the other side of life so that we can be wiser.

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About Charlie Perkins

Charlie Perkins is an author, musician, photographer, and videographer based in Rochester. The Chicago-bred Perkins attended Northwestern University concentrating on Radio, TV Broadcasting, and Interpersonal Communications. He spent 29 years at Harris Bank in Chicago and taught “Principles of Corporate Television” Columbia College in the same city. He has also spent 17 years as Unit Manager, Media Support Services for the Mayo Clinic. In a previous life, he covered the Chicago Bulls and Michael Jordan’s championship run, ’96-‘98 as a freelance photographer.