As we go through our lives people are constantly coming in and out. We meet people that we never see again. We meet people that we don’t see for a long time but somehow they find their way back into our lives. We also meet people that come into our lives and in one way or another stay there for ever.
I am very fortunate and count my blessings every day that I have a very close group of friends that have been my friends for 20 years or more. That’s pretty rare that a group of people could stay together so long and I let them know how much I appreciate them in every way that I can. I have reconnected friends that were acquaintances for at least that long that share a part of life’s history. I have new friends that seem like they have been a major part of my life forever. We can never take friends for granted as they are only on loan to us for this lifetime and we have to make every minute count.
I tell Linda (our program manager) all the time that people don’t come into our lives by chance, they come into our lives because they were meant to be there. However, when we make those important life connections, some people feel like it is the quantity that counts and not the quality. They have so many “friends” that there just isn’t time to devote any decent amount of attention to any one group. However, my philosophy regarding nurturing and taking care of these life connections, is that the old saying the “more the merrier” doesn’t work. I have seen people stretched so thin that getting any time on the books with them takes months, which in the end makes it hardly worth the effort. At the same time, there are those that you may not see for years that when you do meet up again, it seems as if time has never passed and you pick up right where you left off. Those are the true friends meant to be in our lives.
Perhaps it’s time to make a reconnection with those people that have come into your life, with whom you may have fallen out of touch. Maybe there are people in your life that you just need to show how important they really are to you. There could even be those that you just want to reach out to today and say hello. Do it! Make the time. We only get one life to enjoy those with whom we have been bestowed the blessing of a life connection. Growing those friendships is a two way street with responsibility on both sides. Nurturing is an important part of growing and it is only with that effort that friendships become true life connections.
Have a great day and remember to be the reason someone smiles.