Growing up, I never really thought about friends. They were just there, a part of play, kids that seemed to arrive and go with the time of day, depending upon whenever their parents gave permission for them to have a meal with us, then they'd disappear again, or we’d go their houses.
Later they became more complicated. Girls formed groups. You were included or excluded, according to your popularity, and how that was determined was a puzzle in itself. Calculated bullying was frequent, just as it is now, except it wasn't spread all through the Internet. I remember though, the sadness when it became clear that some girls I'd thought were friends, proved not to be.
It's About Mindset!
Sometimes you feel you're in a big hole you're scrambling and just can't get out. It's like life is pelting you with sad and awful events, and you wonder if it will ever change for the better. But it’s important to know and believe it will, even when no end to challenges seems to be in sight. And when you believe that consistently, it invariably does. It's one of life’s little miracles. And the truly good friends help you through the tough times sometimes just by knowing they're there.
Life is a risky business. You honestly don’t know what will happen from day to day. No one does. As you grow older you become more and more aware of this, and hopefully more appreciative of life itself. But you'll always find that complexities increase the longer you live. That's just the way it is.
Thank you, friends!
The truly great thing is, as you live longer, you have many opportunities to learn from life events. And as soon as you learn one thing, it helps to make sense of the others that you might never actually define. It's a great thing if you can share your discoveries with friends.
The outside of you is just window dressing, no matter what steps you take to preserve it. Gravity and life always takes its toll. But the inside of you is something you can strive to change for the better as long as you live. And the fascinating thing is, only you can make the change.
Today is my Gratitude For Friends day. It's just a personal day, no government edict has announced it as a public holiday. But you know who you are; if you're reading this, thank you for being my friend.