I am joining my dear friend, Deb of DebRuns for her Wednesday Word blogger linkup. For the past couple of months, Deb has been inviting bloggers to join her in sharing their thoughts on a chosen word. This week the word is FRIENDSHIP.
Since scoping out Deb’s word on Monday, I have been thinking a lot about the moment where a friendship begins. Where we stop thinking of someone as a co-worker or a classmate or a fellow member of something and begin to see them as a true friend.
That seed is often planted when I first meet someone. When I feel that spark of recognition of a kindred spirit. There is no true formula or exacting element that separates those interactions from others. And sometimes it takes a little while to feel a connection with another person. Regardless of the timing, it is such a joyful, hopeful moment. Such a beautiful marker of a future of adventures, deep conversations, and the small moments that make friendship so beautiful and special.
I also recognize that friendships change and evolve over time. As we leave phases of life, our needs and friendships shift. Sometimes from geography. Sometimes by HUGE changes in our own lives – marriage, children, illness… And sometimes because we forget to nurture those whom we found that initial connection.
We live in a culture of business. And I as I try to break that culture at home and at work, I am also trying to remember what really matters. What I really love and want. Not what is thrown in my path, but what I choose.
Today I choose joy.
Today I choose friendship.
Today I choose gratitude.
What do you chose?