“More on Friends”

May 14

“More on Friends”

A friend listens. A friend is curious.

A friend doesn’t judge.

A friend can complete my sentences.

A friend offers suggestions but doesn’t force their solutions.

A friend can(& WILL!) recite all your dreams & aspirations back to you when you are so crushed you have lost your way & desire to go on.

I’m not ashamed to ask for help from a friend. I pretty much find it difficult to ask for help from anyone else.

Sometimes I meet a new person and BAM! Magic! We don’t need to be friends for 40 years. We can’t stop talking. Our chemistry is friends.

Sometimes I really like people but I can also sense, “I can never really be friends with them”. Eventually they drift away. That’s ok also.

When I see a friend, sometimes I can’t wait to talk and update and…but I already know. When I feel that rush in my chest its my body’s way of saying, “there’s a friend!”

I miss my friends that I haven’t seen in a long time. But I have some friends where we pick right up even if we haven’t seen each other in years.

And I have other friends I know I will never see again. That’s ok. I love the fact that we were once friends.

Friends don’t expect a lot from me and I don’t expect a lot from them. Then… guess what? Our expectations are always exceeded. 100%

Friends introduce me to other friends they think I will like. I do the same. I think my friends will like each other.

Friends share ideas with me and I share ideas with them. I have idea procreation with friends and we grow idea families together. Our little babies. We watch the babies grow. It takes a village to grow ideas.

Friends make me laugh and I make them laugh right back. And when one of us cries, the other tries to listen. Sometimes we laugh even though neither of us made sense.

We don’t dwell on our non-friends. They don’t exist.

You don’t wait once a year for a big friendship party. For me, it’s important to have friendship “celebrations” as much as possible. Little ones. Maybe every day. A river of friendship instead of a rare lightning storm.

Friends help me get better at things. Friends point out when they think I’m wrong but know I probably won’t listen.

Friends help me make decisions that give me more freedom in life. Freedom to have more time to be friends!

Too many people wonder “What’s my goal!”

Too many times I’ve said, “I can’t be happy without X or Y!”

Too many times there are awards and slights and goals and ideals and dreams. All of those disappear. My memories of friendship never disappear.

Having a Real, true friend is a TREASURE beyond anything Money could ever buy.

I have been Blessed to have 5 True, Blue, ‘stick with me to the end, through thick & thin’ CLOSE Friends over 50+ years of living, 3 of them are now gone, I have not seen the other 2 in 5 years or more , yet my life certainly is Richer & more abundant for having experienced these relationships.

Sometimes I miss friends I haven’t seen in a long time.

Don’t worry. Even if we never see each other again… we saw each other once.

Finally there is a Friend that sticks closer than a Brother…Proverbs 18:24

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