Wednesday Word: Friendship

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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?

6 thoughts on “Wednesday Word: Friendship”

  1. I wholeheartedly agree that choosing friendship (and the time it takes to nurture it) is not always the easy choice, but you’re right: it is so worthwhile!

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  2. Friendships do change, I think they allow each other to either move on and find other friends or you change with the person. I know I’ve gone through a lot of changes and some of my friends have been right there through all the hard times as well as the good times. Then others had seemed to move on. It reminds me we do need to put forth effort to our friends even if it’s just a text or quick “how ya doing?” 🙂

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  3. I get so busy with other things, that sadly I forget to connect with my friends. I’m trying to be better about that. But, I think true friends understand anyway.

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  4. You got me thinking with this one! I wasn’t sure how to answer the question about when an acquaintance becomes a friend, but I think you hit the nail on the head! With the hectic world we live in, it’s important to remember to nurture the things that are important to us. And that includes friendships.

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