Since there is nothing so well worth having as friends, never lose a chance to make them.
Once in awhile, you start to reflect on things that mean something to you. Family, health, safety… and friendship. With divorce rates higher than success rates in marriage, with disease and cancer and health care crises everywhere we look, with the economy low and jobs scarce, there sometimes seems like there isn’t a lot to look forward to, and not a whole lot of purpose to our lives. And then we remember that our lives are filled with people we call friends.
Some friends we have had for what seems like forever. Like the sun in the sky or the sand beneath our feet, they are constant and always with us; they seem to change very little, or at least change with us, and they endure and last. Other friends are like the ocean tides; they come and go, rise and fall, having a purpose in our lives and then distancing themselves for whatever reason. There are friends who we are immediately able to be ourselves around, with whom there are no awkward silences or embarrassing moments that we can never live down. There are friends who are there simply for entertainment or because we share a common space but in whom we can never confide or fully know. There are the friends we learn from, sometimes the hard lessons… sometimes the worst; that people are not always kind or nice, that people are not necessarily what they seem, and that people cannot always be what we had hoped for.
But always, there is the appreciation for friendship. The ways in which we grow and change in life are varied and unexpected. We may become what we never believe we would have, do things we never felt capable of, or need help we had always thought we could avoid, and in these moments, we find out who our friends are. Every friend we have made is worth having, because everyone we let into our lives shows us not who they are, but who we are.
Just over a month ago, we asked you to go on a mission (in the form of a giveaway) to find us more friends. We may be a business, but we would like you to think of us as more than that. Already, you have brought us almost 200 new friends to learn from, share with, and enjoy! Thank you so much for the opportunity to connect with new and different people, to share the message of sharing and helping with those you know, and for the kindness and love you show when you share our message with the world. We really appreciate you, for all that you do, for the supportive and kind things we see you saying to one another on our Facebook fan page, and for the laughter and joy you bring to our lives. Not a day passes that one of us here doesn’t see, and appreciate, your participation in what we are trying to do. Making a difference in the world is a big job, and we’d like to think that together, we are all doing it. Your help is paramount, and doesn’t go unnoticed. From the bottom of our hearts, thank you!
Please share with us a little bit about your friends below. How have they impacted your life for the better? Let’s hear a little friendship appreciation from your perspective!