Posts Tagged ‘friends’

I ran across this photo in a clip art file and loved it. I don’t know who these women are. What I do know is that they seem to be enjoying one another. They look like they know how to laugh and have a good time. They aren’t letting a little wind keep them from enjoying the day. The one on the right looks like she might even have more than her share of sass.

What really spoke to me, though was the friendship, kinship, that appears to be evident. We all need close friends who warm our hearts. Who make us laugh until we cry. Who offer a shelter against life’s storms.

I spent time Saturday with one of my very dear friends. It had been months since we’d spent more than a quick lunch together. You know, there really isn’t a lot of conversation that can take place in 45 minutes in a crowded restaurant. It was good to have that extra time to catch up on life, on dreams, on fears, on disappointments, on accomplishments.

Life gets so busy and hectic, especially this time of year. But once in a while we need to make the time to connect with the people who do our heart good. Who keep us in balance. Who can bring out the best in us and harness the sass.

She Who is Grateful for Good Friends

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The other day I was having the most fascinating conversation with a 5-year-old.  After sharing cooking tips, we moved right into fashion.

Me: “I really like your shirt.”

Her: “My friend gave it to me.”

Me: “It is fun having a friend like that, isn’t it?”

Her: “Yes! And she knows my name!”

She was most excited not about the clothes that her little friend shares, but about the fact that her friend knows her name. That really got me thinking about the people I know and if I truly know their name.

I know their names in the literal sense, but what do I know about the person attached to that name? When a certain name comes to mind, does it conjure up just a face in my mind of that person, or is there a  treasure trove of data that comes along with that name? Even better, does that name stir up any emotion?

If I make an honest assessment, there are many names I am familiar with in that I recognize them and know what person they belong to, but I don’t truly know them. I don’t know them in the sense of what is important to them, what makes them smile, what makes them cry, what drives them to get out of bed each day, what stirs their creativity and sparks their passion?

When you peel away all the layers of social dictates, political correctness, ingrained behaviors and quirks, most of us find at the core a being who wants to be known by others for who they are and the unique gifts they bring to the table.

Think about your friends, family and acquaintances. When you gather with them, who brings you the most joy? The ones you don’t know very well or those you truly know?  I’ve said it before, and will most likely say it again, but relationships are everything.

As you set about entertaining this year, make your guest list a challenge of sorts by mixing together those you know with those you have yet to know. You’ll find in getting to know them, you’ll be richly blessed.

Happy Entertaining!

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