Last night I went over to an old friends, sat on her couch with a glass of wine and mug of tea (yes, was thirsty) and we talked the night away! It had been months since we properly connected.
I was reminded of many things last night.
I was reminded of the extraordinary comfort and value that a true friend’s listening ear, welcoming hug and on-going support brings.
I was reminded that like any relationship, friendships need to be nourished. And that when we lose balance and find ourselves very busy (as mums, as professionals), the delicate wire that friendship stands on can waver.
I became aware that I had become guilty of this. And that my business and family demands have distracted me from the importance of old friendships. I have been taking old friends for granted, assuming my friendships will survive without this nourishment (The fact that my friendships are in great standing is a testament to my friends being wonderfully forgiving and patient with me!)
I was also reminded that our friends are also our teachers and sometimes our mentors. And that connecting with them regularly supports our learning and helps us to broaden our perspective, to self-reflect.
My friend is amongst the most inherently generous people that I know. She gives unconditionally and with joy. And she creates wonderful opportunities to gather and celebrate one another, our families, our lives. In this way she is an inspiration to me.
In brief – thanks for the delicious coconut biscuits, Jo. Next time come to mine – I will have some luxurious icecream for you.
As a busy professional woman or mother, what do your friends do for you? What have your friends taught you? What do you want to acknowledge them for? Please share.
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