MISSOURI, 2017 –The dictionary defines a friend as “A person you know well and regard with affection and trust.” What a blessing to have friends, especially if you have one true friend you feel you can call upon anytime.
Many times, we measure our blessings by material goods, but the value of a true friend can’t be measured. A friend is a special treasure that brings a certain contentment. This kind of friend is someone you trust wholeheartedly, and with whom you can totally be yourself.
This trust must be earned and it only comes over time as friends communicate and share in the good times and the bad. Friends talk to each other. In days gone by, we wrote letters and made phone calls. Today with the advent of the computer and e-mail capability, it is much easier and cheaper to communicate, especially if you are using the computer for other things. You are able to communicate in writing as if you were talking over the phone. So today we have been provided another communication tool that enables us to have interaction with our friends and family. In the “good old days,” if our friends were not located nearby, communication was not as easy as today.
Today with the advent of the computer and e-mail capability, it is much easier and cheaper to communicate, especially if you are using the computer for other things. You are able to communicate, often over your smart phone, in writing as if you made a call. In the “good old days,” if our friends were not located nearby, communication was not as easy as today.
There are many types of friendship that we encounter at different times in the life cycle. When we were children, we may have had a number of friends who were our playmates, but even then, there were always one or two who were special. Have you experienced a former playmate of years gone by calling you, or reaching out to you via social media?
Did they address you by your childhood name such as “Suzy Bee” rather than your current name “Susan”? Since that call did you start communicating again and plan to meet once again if the logistics made it possible, but maybe you took a flight and had a great reunion.
Even in school, there are categories of friends—friends whom we have socially, or those who are in the same school organizations such as cheerleading, school newspaper, drama club and sports, as we are. These organizations provided a bonding experience to the members all having a common objective to reach a goal.
Another source of friendship is found among members of the armed services and veterans. Sharing their military service experiences together sometimes creates friendships for life, as evidenced by veteran reunions, American Legion, and Veterans of Foreign Wars organizations.
Then there are the friendships that we develop in the workplace that is lasting as well. We all have our work friends and, even in retirement, we get together as a group or individually. Maybe we play some golf or the families get together and have lunch or take a ride to see the countryside
And as we mature and sometimes are limited in our activities, just a simple phone call or letter is a wonderful way to keep in touch. It’s always a delight to hear a friend’s voice and catch up on what is happening in your friend’s life currently, as well as talk about the “good old days.”
Friendships sometimes are of a short duration, as God brings different ones across our paths for different purposes. Then there are the “forever friends,” who, though separated by time and distance, we can count on to be there for us in times of crisis. Whether short-term or long-term, we are blessed to have known and experienced true friendship.
We cannot choose the family into which we are born. However, we do get to choose our friends, and sometimes God uses those special people to take up the slack where our family members cannot or will not meet our needs.
At various times throughout our lives, we think back to past good times and the people who were a part of them. For some reason, we have failed to tell them “thank you.” This negligence usually is due to getting caught up in raising a family and all the day-to-day living. Before you know it, a decade or, in some cases, decades have passed. During this period, we occasionally think about these people and decide to write or make a phone call just to say, “Hi.”
But again, something happens and those thoughts disappear into the historical memory bank.
It simply stated one of the greatest blessings that we have are our true friends who are with you during the bad times and are with you for the good times hopefully that is most of the time.
However, that’s from a time and place I am from-
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