Normally, for a We are the World Blogfest post, bloggers share a link to a positive story about people, places, or community. I’m going to do something a little different for August and share a few words about friendships and how our friends make our lives better.
What could be more positive than that?
Friendships make the world go around and I have a ton of gratitude for the friendships, both male and female, that I’ve made over the years.
One of my longest friendships is with a woman I met about 43 years ago. Her name is Margie. She has been a friend through marriage and divorce, loss of parents, job woes, and the ups and downs of life. We live about 90 minutes from each other and have communicated via phone since the pandemic struck. The last time we talked, Margie and I joked about how we need to set aside at least an hour for our phone calls because we never fail to find something to talk (or laugh) about. After we hung up, Margie called back a few minutes later and left a message that said something like, “Just so you know, we talked for 62 minutes and 17 seconds.” She’s a bit of a smart-aleck and so am I, and that is one of the many reasons we’ve been close friends for so long.
Let us be grateful to people who make us happy, they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.
Margie is a charming gardener – she taught me most of what I know about flowers – but friendships grow and blossom in so many wonderful ways. Margie would give me the shirt off her back if I asked, and she and many others fall into numerous categories of friendship…
- The friend who is always there for me, willing to help without question, whether life is fun or not fun.
- The friend who shares a glass of adult refreshment and makes me laugh.
- The one who supports, even when I’m being stupid or less than a friend.
- The friend who never judges, at least not out loud.
- The friend who buys lunch or dinner with a smile because they want to.
- The friend who encourages and/or kicks my butt as needed.
- The friend who knows enough to be quiet when silence is required.
- The friend who is comfortable with silence when we run out of things to talk about.
- The friend who “goes with the flow” when we spend time together.
- Friends who have never met me but continue to be in relationship as blogging and email buddies.
- Friends who understand my weird and wacky sense of humor because they have one too.
- Friends who fill me with faith, hope and love.
There are so many ways that friends make our souls blossom, reduces our blood pressure and anxiety, or gives us a reason to keep coming back for more of their time. Feel free to leave your positive friendship comments, laughable moments or how friends and friendships feed your soul.
“Welcome to the “We are the World Blogfest” (#WATWB ). The #WATWB was inspired by a simple conversation about how all the negativity on social media was weighing on us. Wanting to make a difference we decided to try to do our part to infuse social media with all the good stories that are out there. We hope to share the stories that show kindness, compassion, hope, overcoming challenges and in general, the impressive resilience of the human spirit. For every dark, negative story out there, there is a positive, heartwarming story that will add some light and lift the human spirit.” ~Belinda Witzenhausen~
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