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Friendship is born at that moment when one person says to another, “What! You too? I thought I was the only one. C.S. Lewis

Last night we had a fun night of laughter with friends. Getting together with friends is one of the joys in life. My husband’s friends went to school together and have stayed in touch all these years. Any time we get together it is always fun and filled with laughter.

I don’t have that; I left friends and family to move across the country. Earlier this year I connected with my best friend from school. We hadn’t seen each other since the early 1980s. We talked and laughed and I hope to be able to do it again when I go out to see Mom.

On FaceBook I have connected with people from back home. It’s great to reconnect with people but it isn’t the same as having people in our lives who know us, our spouse, and our kids over the years.

Friends are very important to our mental health. There are ways we can keep relationships alive if we are willing to make at least a minimum amount of effort. One of the things we need in our lives is deep friendships.

We may have friends that we do certain things with golf buddies, Toastmaster buddies, book club friends, and work friends. Over time they may develop into well-rounded friendships that stand on their own. Making time for friendships is important.

True friendship comes when the silence between two people is comfortable. David Tyson

We can’t be someone’s everything. The more we expect one person to give us everything we want in life, the more that relationship can’t deliver. When we have friendships we are healthier, happier, more rounded, and grounded.

It may seem to be a lot of work to develop friendships, but the joy we get from friends helps us live our lives with an open heart. Sharing with friends helps us put life in perspective.  Highs and lows are better shared.

I remember reading about someone who had her highest moment on stage as a performer, and the only person she had to share it with later was the taxi driver that drove her to her hotel. How sad is that?

When we have people who can hold our hands when we are sad, laugh with us when life is good, and be there with us through the thick and thin of life, we are blessed.

Friendships don’t just happen, we have to be open to develop, nurture, and sustain them. Are we open to friendship when someone makes a tentative effort to invite us to be more than an acquaintance? Do we call and connect with friends often? Do we let friendships slide because we don’t make enough effort?

You can make more friends in two months by becoming interested in other people than you can in two years by trying to get other people interested in you. Dale Carnegie

Friendship is the hardest thing in the world to explain. It’s not something you learn in school. But if you haven’t learned the meaning of friendship, you really haven’t learned anything. Muhammad Ali

If you go looking for a friend, you’re going to find they’re very scarce. If you go out to be a friend, you’ll find them everywhere. Zig Ziglar

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