Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Friends are the best medicine

Friendship seems to be something many people put on a back burner due to time constraints. Those of us with families, jobs and household and other obligations simply have to give something up. Unfortunately we let our friendships fizzle out and that is just so sad. Friends can brighten our lives in so many ways, offer support, lend an ear, make us laugh.

Recently I went out to dinner with two girlfriends I met at two different jobs. One I worked with about 26 years ago and we've remained friends to this day. The other I met in 2002 when we both worked at the same bank. They're both very different, but together we have common bonds. After dinner as I was driving home I was in such a good mood and thought how great it would be to meet with these two friends at least once a month. I'm so glad I've kept in touch with them over the years instead of letting life and its many complexities get in the way. They make me smile when I don't think I have any smiles left.

Ralph Waldo Emerson said the only way to have a friend is to be one.

Sounds like good advice to me.


  1. Lots of people who live in Alaska are thousands of miles from their family so we form family like relationships with our friends. It would be hard to live here if it weren't for that.

  2. "Friends will be friends, if you're in need of love they'll give you care and attention..."


    PS - If that link didn't work, it's Queen - Friends Will Be Friends. :-)

  3. Great advice! Friendships are so important, and I do tend to put them last. Thanks for the reminder.

  4. Indeed.... Friends should be kept, and treasured. Its the best way to just the world f'off, from time to time, and just sit a laugh.