A reason, a season, a lifetime… but who is Michelle Ventor?

I’ve always loved the quote:

People come into your life for a reason, a season, or a lifetime. When you figure out which it is, you will know what to do.

It seemed like a good quote for use in our section about weak ties, strong ties, and latent ties. So, of course, I wanted to attribute it properly.

Well, the quote’s certainly out there enough. Seems it ended up as part of a chain letter at one point, as well as being used in numerous copyrighted articles. Poking around the quotation sites, I managed to find a few that attribute this quote to someone named “Michelle Ventor”. “Great!” I thought, “Now I just need to know who the heck Michelle Ventor is!”

So, I did a search on “michelle ventor”. Turns out although there some 256 results, there are really only about 32 sites, and every single one of them only mentions her name as the source of this quote — nothing else. There is apparently not one single mention of her anywhere on the web except in the context of this quote.

So who is this mystery lady, Michelle Ventor? Or is she just the figment of someone’s imagination that has now taken on a life of its own as the alleged source of that quote? And if Michelle Ventor didn’t write that quote, who did?