- a person you know well and regard with affection and trust.
- a person whom one knows, likes, and trusts....one who supports, sympathizes
| I haven't ever really given the word FRIEND much thought...I know I have them, I know who they are and that they are great and mean the world to me...end of story. But until this journey began I had never really stopped and thought about what the word REALLY means and if I fit into my own ideas of what a friend should be. I have to admit...the best definition for the kind of friends I cherish and rings the truest to me is the "low maintenance" kind. I am sure you all know who they are but let me explain what I believe they are...the ones you can trust with anything, knowing that they will be there when/if you call and always have your back...but are tucked away safely in your heart when distance and time come between you....but you KNOW when you once again get the chance to pull them out and spend time with them...it will be as if time has stood still and you pick up right where you left off with no awkwardness, re-acquainting, no formality, or fake/phonyness. They are the ones that REALLY know you - scars and all...and love you for them. They have left a deeply profound and permanent mark on your heart. |
I have been blessed in my life with a small circle of those kind of friends. You mean the world to me, are my greatest support over the years and especially now. I know you are there if I call and need you...you would move heaven and earth to be at my side as I would for you. We have felt that special bond from the start...."Friends are born not made" THANK YOU FOR BEING YOU!!!
This experience has blessed me in so may ways...but most importantly today I see how my life has opened up and the loving arms of friendship have reached out to me by so many of you. You truly are a gift and strength to me. You never really know how your life has impacted those around you until something like this happens and the friendship and love comes bouncing back to you....It has been one of the most humbling things I have ever experienced. I always thought I lived in my own little corner and quietly went on my way...but I was wrong. You do leave a mark on every single person you come in contact with either for good or for bad....Life really is full of "George Bailey" moments....be sure to live each and every one of them....they all count!! You never know when the Lord will use you to answer the prayer of someone else...you are always changing someone else just by strolling thru their life.