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"The only way to have a friend is to be one"--Ralph Waldo Emerson

  • Jun 23, 2009
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I don't know about you but over the years I have found that it is getting increasingly difficult to maintain friendships.  We are all so darn busy!   There are so many obligations and distractions in our daily lives that sometimes we can forget those who are dearest to us.   I have decided that this is simply unacceptable.  From now on I am going to make my friends a bigger priority in my life.  This isn't rocket science.  I will take the time to make that phone call even when I would prefer to stretch out on my recliner and watch a movie.  Likewise, I will take the initiative to propose that long-awaited night out with my best friend rather than wait for him to make the first move.  Chances are he has been procrastinating as much as I have.  When I was a young man I came across a statistic that most people have only about five true friends in their lifetime.  At the time I thought that this was preposterous but as I approach my 58th birthday I realize that this is probably true after all.   I like to think that I have always been a good friend.  I try to be there for them in good times and bad.  I hope that I am a good listener.  Likewise, I rely on these friends to be there for me when I am discouraged or upset.   And I want them around to share my joys and triumphs.  This is what true friendship is really all about.   Sometimes I think that we all toss  the word "friend" around much too frivolously with terms like "Add To Friends List" to cite just one example.   It seems to me that we somehow diminish the real thing by such a cavalier use of this word.

I have heard that younger people seem to be making friendship a much higher priority in their lives than the previous generation did.  I hope that this is true.  Friends really are much more valuable than material things could ever be.  I will close with a quotation I found online from a woman named Elisabeth Foley.  Her words seem quite appropriate for the times in which we live.   She observed:  "The most beautiful discovery true friends make is that they can grow separately without growing apart". It seems to me that this is true but only if both parties are willing to work at it.  Friendship truly is a beautiful thing!

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September 29, 2009
Aw what a nice thing to review. Adorable photos too.
August 13, 2009
Friendship is the best thing in life, on par with family. It takes two to treasure a friendship though. Best not to think who did what first or who give more or less. Just enjoy it in its own right is best!
July 11, 2009
Very thought-provoking piece indeed. I highly recommend everyone read this data point & then take time to reflect on the friends in their lives that have come and going as well as those that are still very much a part of their present. I really do love this review. Thank you again for taking the time to put this together & sharing it with us of course!
June 23, 2009
I'm just like you, Paul- I need to work on being a better friend. I love that quote by Foley, simply beautiful. I have no doubt that you are a good friend because you are a wonderful person! Thank you for the reminder. It made me happy that I sent my best friend a bouquet of orchids as a surprise to celebrate her getting through nursing school and to let her know how proud of her I am. We all need to do things like that much more...
June 23, 2009
I love this ... what wonderful sentiments. Thanks so much for sharing :)
June 23, 2009
Hi Paul.....such a thoughtful review. Because we're all so busy (although sometimes doing nothing) many folks are living an isolated, lonely lifestyle. I was just reading that too much time on the computer is hurting our relationships. Gone are the days of what I often refer to as old-fashioned "porch" conversation. That's what I grew up with, and as a talker I miss it. As Denis Ledoux explained in his interview...."everyone wants to tell their story." Years ago, because we all talked and visited more, everyone knew our story. That's why memoir writing has really taken off. We have to tell somebody our story. I hope the younger generation make friendships a priority and really talk (not text message) eyeball to eyeball. I've come to realize too, that you're lucky if you have one good friend in your life that you can talk to
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