They were all vying for my attention.
The glitter, sparkles, shoes, handbags, cupcakes, flowers.
Only the best would be chosen.
It had to be perfect, it always does.
Next came the words, loyal, honest, thoughtful, generous, fun, caring, beautiful, understanding, unforgettable, sincere, treasured.
Choosing a birthday card for a friend. A moment not to be rushed.
An opportunity to pause and really, truly, madly, deeply think about this one person and all they mean to you.
The chance to write down a message and express the thoughts that never really get said.
An occasion to celebrate an individual person in your life. It is their day, let them know and how much you value them and their unique input into your life.
The landscape of friendship is as varied as the array of cards before me.
I have a treasure trove of friends……Girlfriends, galpals, soul sisters, buddies, partners in fun and frivolity, companions, supporters.
Each friend represents a world in us, a world possibly not born until they arrive and it is only by this meeting that a new world is born. Anais Nin
Each and every one of them adding a rich texture, and vibrancy to my life. Allowing light into my dark places, releasing me from judgement, exposing me to new thoughts, ideas and opportunities.
Friendships carrying me and helping me get to know myself better.
Friendships formed at school and work. Intense, strong bonds enduring time and distance.
Friendships nurtured as we in turn began to nurture children. Fumbling our way together, supporting and cheering each other along .
Friends I have had for decades and friends I am still getting to know.
I have friends I see often, daily, weekly and monthly.
Friends I see occasionally, school holiday catch ups and annual get togethers.
Friends I rarely see, interstate long distance friends.
I have a new type of friend now. The friend I have never met, never made a cuppa for, the friend whose birthday I don’t even know, who’s address starts with www. My online friend.
Many would argue some of these people are not my friends, they are acquaintances. Labels and words that do not matter to me.
How do I know if someone is my friend?
I feel it.
It is instinctive.
It is two-way, they will feel it too.
A friendship occurs when people choose to invest in a relationship.
Giving of their time, their emotion. Sharing in joy and laughter, tears and pain.
I have strong, deep, close friendships built up with many layers. I also have relaxed, fun and easy-going friendships.
There is one common trait in all my friendships
We share time together, bottles of wine, stories, tips and ideas, Facebook status’, jokes, cakes, holidays……….
Take a moment right now, lean back close your eyes and soak in the beauty of your friendships.
Delight in their ability to nourish you.
Leave a brief comment below celebrating your marvellous friendships and let me know how they nourish and support you.
I dedicate this post to all my wonderful and amazing friends and thank them for unfolding my wings and sprinkling me with glitter.
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