That chance encounter in the elevator that leads to lunch. That smile at the club that leads everywhere. The look in the eyes that brings eternity into the present.
People are with us for as long as maximum learning is possible between the chemistry of the two. Which means people can be with us for an hour for a moment for months or a lifetime. We don’t get to choose. We merely stay open to the flow of the teaching and the learning in touch with our own inner tuning device. The intuition of our being.