Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Reflections of a Season in My Life: 3 Things I Learned

When I was a senior in college, my father became ill. It was a trying time for our family. As his only son, it was even more so, I believe, for me.

"For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven: a time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted..."

Fortunately for me, certain men were placed in my life. For instance, there was Mr. Norman Pitts, my barber. I saw him every week when I got my hair cut. A minister friend of our family, the Reverend John Thomas, was always there to talk to. And then there was my first manager at Total System Service, Inc. (now TSYS), Lynn Drury.

All of them were good, high character, men. As a result, the following are three things I learned during that season of my life. 

1. Neither gentleman replaced my father, who to this day, is my closest confidant (even though we do argue like cats and dogs during football season). They were more like transitional father figures.

2. These men provided much-needed guidance that I needed during that season of my life.

3. There are some people who are not meant to be in your life forever, but their memories will last a lifetime.  

What about you? Have you ever had people placed in your life during a certain season in your life? If so, I'd love to hear from you. Send me an email.


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