I have had many friends in my 37 years. Some are still around. Some have drifted away. I’m a firm believer that the people we need in our lives will be there at the time they are needed most. I have helped many friends with their problems, and several have helped me. Sometimes all that is required is an ear to listen, a shoulder to cry on, or open arms for a hug.
Life is too short to hold a grudge. It’s not fair to ourselves or anyone else to carry that kind of baggage around. Emotional baggage will make you old before your time. I’ve been shedding a lot of baggage and I feel so much lighter. At times I feel like a teenager again. The girls who work for me don’t know what to think when they come to work and I’m bouncing and giggling and singing. More than one person has noticed that I’ve lost a few pounds. All I’ve done is find my happy place. I have friends who have helped me get here. It’s been an interesting ride so far, and it’s not over.
Think carefully how you treat your friends. The best way to make a friend is to be one. Listen when they have something to say. You may want them to listen to you someday. Lend a hand when you can. Share a cup of coffee. Don’t keep your smiles all to yourself, spread them around. Laugh whether the joke is funny or not. Be honest with yourself and your friends. Hold on to the ones you have, welcome new ones. If you get a second chance with a friend, grab that chance and make the most of it. If you find something that changes your life, let it. No one ever said life would be easy. But it’s definitely worth it.
Love deeply, laugh often, dance like no one’s watching. There’s little else you need in life.