Father’s Day gave me a reason to remember past relationships that I once cherished, but now have lost. My Dad passed away six years ago and, although I am close to him in spirit, the relationship we once enjoyed can no longer be. It is very much the same story when it comes to my former partners and spouses. The association has now vanished and only the memories remain.
When looking in the rear view mirror at relationships you may have had with former lovers, spouses or friends, take a moment to examine the reason why and when they entered into your life and what they may have contributed to your personal growth during the time you were connected. Have no doubt that we are not taking our earth-bound journey alone, but will share our path from time to time with individuals who may appear for some reason or the other. Those relationships whether brief or lingering, help mold us as individuals and teach us life lessons that we wouldn’t learn if we were traveling solo.
I’m grateful for the time I had with my Father who was a great teacher and instructed me to never give up on myself or lose faith in the magic of life. And today, I am also thankful to those ex partners, spouses and friends who traversed my winding road with me for a bit and taught me some lessons, as well.
Here’s to past relationships. After all, didn’t Alfred Lord Tennyson write, “Tis better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all.”