Friendship…Your Timeless Treasure

You’ve got new ones, some cappuccino ones, and some older than dirt ones, but no matter what your definition, you’ve got some…friends that is…the most valuable asset to your life.  It doesn’t matter how big your house is or how many toys you have, or how many places you’ve traveled.  It doesn’t matter what your job title is, or how well you can bake a chocolate cake.  None of those things matter if you don’t have people who care about you.  Why?  Because friends hold you up, hold you close, and keep you standing whenever things fall apart.

Imagine waking up to face a new day without any friends.  The kids are off to school, you’ve reviewed your to-do list and you’ve made plans for dinner.  You’re feeling pretty good about things, but now it’s time for a coffee chat, a little break, but there’s no one to call.  You search your mind for a friend, certain you must have one, somebody somewhere who’s available for a chat.  It’s so odd…you can’t think of a single soul.

Fortunately, you don’t live in that little dreamscape, you are blessed with friends and whether they are dear friends from childhood, or new friends from your workout class, they bring added joy to your life.  These are the people who see you and love you just as you are.  They value your smile, your kind heart, and your words of wisdom.  You can talk to them about anything, knowing you’ll feel better once you’ve done so.

Friends come in and out of your life all the time, but each one adds something special and unique to the mosaic of your existence.  Some come “just in time” in that they show up just when you need their particular background or sense of humor.  Some were such instant friends you can hardly remember a time when you weren’t in each other’s lives.  Some are just happy accidents of life and you’re thrilled to have bumped into them.

La Rochefoucauld wrote, “A true friend is the most precious of all possessions and the one we take the least thought about acquiring.”  Give warmest thoughts to your precious friends today and think of them as your personal ambassadors of joy and good will.



Salute to Friendship

 Let’s celebrate our friendships, the ones we’ve had for years, the ones we’ve just made, and the ones that are just around the corner.  We share degrees of friendship with each person in our lives.  We may have a kind of friendship with the person who serves us coffee at Starbucks, or the person in the neighborhood who stops to say hello as we walk by.  These are the buds of friendship, the kind that may or may not blossom into late night chats, but are still important to our daily lives.  They give us a reason to smile.

 For most of us though, friendship is like fresh air, the thing that helps us breathe life in more fully.  We’re committed to each other.  We hold up the light of possibility when things are uncertain.  We listen, we laugh, we seek to understand and when we don’t understand, we let it all go.  We shop and we explore and we keep the music playing because friendship brings a song to our hearts.  We are connected and fully visible and it feels good.  Three cheers!

 C.S. Lewis said that friendship is born at that moment when one person says to another:  “What?  You, too?  I thought I was the only one.”    We don’t want to travel the world alone and so we count on our friends to serve as mirrors, to reflect back to us what’s important, or to give us a chance to laugh at ourselves when we fall down.  Friends walk with us, no matter what.

 As Albert Camus said, “Don’t walk behind me, I may not lead.  Don’t walk in front of me, I may not follow.  Just walk beside me and be my friend.”   Friends may bump into you now and then without meaning to, but they won’t throw you over or off the tracks.  They may get slightly miffed about something going on between you, but they’ll always find a way to make up over brownies and coffee.   Friends need each other and that’s a good thing.

 You’ve probably noticed with cherished friendships that no matter how long you may be apart, even if years pass by, once you’re together again, the connection you have is solid.  You’re plugged in, ready to give and receive more of what you share.  Friends are forever and that’s the real truth.

So, let’s celebrate all our friends, the new ones, the-couldn’t-live-without-you ones, and the ones yet to be discovered.  There can be no loftier title, no degree achieved, or no equation stronger than the one that is summed up in the word “friend.”  Hug your friends today and give each other a round of hearty applause.