I’m grateful for different kinds of friendships. My friendships over the years are some of my greatest treasures. I’ve had many different kinds of friendships over the years and they have all played a very special role on my journey. My friendships today go as far back as age 4. Talk about someone who has seen your good, bad, and ugly. It’s funny because I’m friends with lots of people from my youth. Even my boyfriend and I have known each other since fifth grade. As many places as I’ve lived, some of my closest friends are still from those early school years. Not living in the town I grew up, I’ve made plenty of other friends through the years. Some have stayed and others have gone down different roads. Some friends are only in my life for a brief season, but that doesn’t mean they didn’t have a big impact on my life. Now, since the pandemic, I’ve made a whole new crop of friends who I hold near and dear to my heart even if I’ll never meet them in person. I see them on a regular basis thanks to the amazing technology of video calling.
I cherish my friendships and each one brings their own unique lessons and blessings to my life. I love that I have friends to walk with, talk with, grow with, and everything in-between. I have friends to talk spirituality with and others to talk parenting and relationships. I have some to talk business and others to talk adventures. I love that I have friends I can hike mountains and exercise with too. When I was discovering how to be my own life partner, it was all my friendships that helped me to see how I wanted to enjoy my life.
I learned a long time ago that one person can’t be our everything. Putting that much pressure on a person is not healthy. I have friendships that celebrate each other’s strengths. I don’t expect a person to be who they are not. I’ll talk more about that in the upcoming days. I believe whoever is meant to be there with me in a moment is the person who is there. I trust the relationships God has brought to me, and I appreciate each person for what they bring to my life and to the world.
Today, I’m committing to appreciating my different friendships. I never want a friend to feel that I ever want them to be more than who they are. I love thinking about my different friendships and what they mean to me. That kind of thinking aligns me with love, abundance, and peace every time. I’ve mentioned my friend Sherry Richert Belul’s book, Say It Now: 33 Ways to Say I Love You to the Most Important People in Your Life. This book has so many wonderful and creative ways to let people know how much they mean to us. I will be thumbing through to get some ideas to make sure my friends know just how much I appreciate them.