Each day I marvel at the people that I am in contact with and the situations that might have brought us together. Each interaction is like an introduction to a new friend. Even so-called "old" friends are met with a fresh perspective at each interaction. As we progress through our lives, our days, and our moments, we are all growing and changing. Even if that change is subtle, we are changing.
Each moment brings with it a new awareness of our own ability to make decisions and take actions. Those decisions are based upon cumulative experiences and intuition. So, if every moment allows us to grow, then the next time we see a good friend, we are a slightly different person. Perhaps a bit more refined in our thinking. Perhaps a bit more cynical. Either way, to an observant friend, we are someone slightly new to meet.
Likewise, we gain a new insight with each interaction we have. That insight might be a lesson that we keep getting presented with, or it might simply be an example of a purely joyful moment. Either way, I believe that there are no accidental encounters or relationships. Even relationships that end poorly (i.e. divorce or broken friendships) are part of our lives for a reason. These types of relationships help us to better trust and love ourselves at some point. Once we go through the suffering phase of the relationship and enter into the healing phase, we are apt to recognize our own strengths and abilities. We can then take those lessons and apply them to current, and future, relationships to avoid a recurrence of the poorly experienced one.
It goes without saying that our joyful relationships provide us with much learning as well. These types of encounters are ones we seek to replicate with others.
Our challenge, as maturing individuals, is to remain open to the possibility that each interaction we have during the day has a purpose for us; that is contains a "teachable" moment that is critical to our growth at that moment. It is by holding this challenge in your heart that you will be able to endure less-than-pleasant people and carry the joy from the better interactions. There are no accidents. We are meant to learn from each experience, and be there for others to learn from. So be alert, grateful and enjoy the journey.