Have you ever had a great friendship fizzle out and die off? Do you find yourself missing your old friend?
Sometimes life gets so crazy, so busy, and so overwhelming that letting friendships sit on the back burner seems like the easiest thing to do.
Friendships need to be nurtured. They need attention.
Think about the last time a friend sent you a text at just the right time or called to just say hello. It makes you feel good. It makes you feel like you are important in their lives.
A dear friend of mine had a birthday last month. I slipped a little something in the mail for her. It was something I knew she needed. Something she had mentioned. Something to remind her of how awesome she is.
Another friend had a birthday recently. I dropped off a few gifts at her house late in the evening on her birthday. I wanted her to think I forgot (although I am sure she knows I wouldn’t). She was so happy!!
She said she loved that the orchids matched the photo on the front of the Bible. Don’t tell her this but I didn’t even plan that. I’ve had the Bible for several months packed away so I didn’t lose it. I wanted to pick up some flowers to go with it. I happened to fall in love with the purple orchids at the store. So guess what happened…I got home and they matched the cover.
It’s these little things that make friendships so great. Low on cash? It can be as simple as a phone call or a card in the mail.
Now, think about the last time you did that for a friend. Has it been a while?
I have a few friends in my life that just make my day. They know who they are. Now.
I didn’t always do this. I let life get in the way and so did they. So we drifted apart. It happens.
But I’ve learned a lot just in the past few years. As we get older I think it can be harder and harder to make friends. At least that is how I’ve felt. People grow apart, move, have kids, work obligations, family issues.
I’ve been working hard to nurture the friendships in my life the past few years and keep them alive. I want them in my life for years to come. I’m determined to make sure they stay!!
On the other hand, having good friends helps!! If they aren’t reciprocating it can be really difficult to want to keep in touch. If they are at all worth it, we must.
The friends in my life know they are loved. They know they are appreciated. They also know that no matter how much time may pass we can always pick up right where we left off.
Do you have friends like this?
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