Don’t walk behind me; I may not lead. Don’t walk in front of me; I may not follow. Just walk beside me and be my friend. –Albert Camus
What does it mean to have a friend—someone who knows and cares for you, someone who listens, stands by you and offers a hug or smile when you need it most? With true friends we can be ourselves, express our feelings, reveal our idiosyncrasies and make mistakes without fear of judgment. With our friends we share stories, laughter, dreams and hopes. We share life, and loss, and the world is a safer and brighter place with our friends in it. If you have even one close friend in life, you are blessed. What does it mean to have a friend? Simply everything.
Author, Anaïs Nin said it beautifully, “Each friend represents a world in us, a world possibly not born until they arrive, and it is only by this meeting that a new world is born.” Friendships can bring love, support, happiness and occasionally strife. Although there are a few who seem to function for a while without friends, most of us depend greatly on the company of true ones.
Many countries around the world celebrate today, the first Sunday of August, as International Friendship Day. As the best way to keep a friend is to be one, use this day as an opportunity to celebrate your friendships. One of your friends may be missing you. Pick up the phone and let them know you care. Arrange a visit, make some tea or coffee, or enjoy a glass of wine. Enjoy a meal together, take a walk or go for a run together. Enjoy the sun. Enjoy life. Laugh and reminisce. You are both blessed.
To all my old and new friends, Happy Friendship Day!
The great lesson…is that the sacred is in the ordinary, that it is to be found in one’s daily life, in one’s neighbors, friends, and family, in one’s backyard.