My mom told me when I was young, that if you can count your good friends on one hand you are lucky!
What makes a good friend?
We all have our own definition of that. I feel very fortunate to have had some wonderful people in my life. I still have friends from kindergarten and believe me that is a long time and with my 30th reunion around the corner I got to thinking about friendship. I believe it is a two way street. It takes effort to keep a friendship. Some of the people I will see at the reunion I haven't seen in a long time but know it will take me back to a different time we shared. Some are still the friends I have today.
We all get busy and life changes things, but true friends find a way to keep it together. Recently, my long time friends have been going through a lot in their life. I think the only way you can help sometimes is to just listen and pray for them. Be there when they need you.
"If you're alone, I'll be your shadow. If you want to cry, I'll be your shoulder. If you want a hug, I'll be your pillow. If you need to be happy, I'll be your smile... But anytime you need a friend, I'll just be me."unknownSome of my friends I haven't seen in a long time but as soon as the phone rings, it is just like yesterday and we can't stop sharing our stories! I have some friends that say the same things I do at the same time and them we laugh and smile because we know that's what friends do.
Does this happen to you?
I feel it is a connection or bond that stays with you. It is renewed at different stages in your life.
Some of my newest friends are the people I have met in the blog world. I feel so lucky to have this other avenue. I would have never thought this possible but I really do cherish the friendships I have made here.
I cannot lie. I have had friends come and go. I have had friends hurt me too. I think God puts people in our life at certain times and we are there to help them or they are there to help us and then they are gone.
"There comes a point in your life when you realize who really matters, who never did, and who always will." unknown
I work hard at friendship. It means a lot to me. I will do whatever it takes to help my friends. A good friend is a treasure and you should never take advantage of that. Sometimes they are the only person you can count on to get you through! Sometimes they are the only ones that understand you. It is selfless giving.
My friends have been an inspiration. Some have been like family. They make me laugh, and think, and challenge me to be a better person.
I remember a song I taught my girls in scouts.
"Make new friends and keep the old, one is glitter and the other gold!"
Friends are all gold to me! Thanks for being there. Thanks for being a friend in one capacity or another.
And if you are new here, I look forward to building a friendship with you too!
"Friendship isn't about whom you have known the longest... It's about who came, and never left your side..."unknown