At the beginning of the year, I decided to take Jeff Goins’ challenge to write at least 500 words a day. As a blogger who longs to write more frequently on my own blog and, for that matter, just write everyday beyond my journaling, I decided to jump in wholeheartedly. And I’m happy to report that I have not missed a day. However, I have not posted here, and that was part of the reason I took the challenge. So today’s the day for my first post here. So, without further ado….
Let me start with a question: Is there any greater gift than friendship?
Over the last several months, I’ve found myself more than once being just overwhelmed by the goodness and blessings my friends bring to me. Recently, I experienced a situation where a community of friends rallied around a dear friend. Some of us have known her a lifetime while others for varying amounts of time. Yet everyone leaned in to support and offer encouragement. When it comes to our friends it’s not location, or how long we’ve each other that matters most. It’s our heart for each other.
Our friendships, regardless of whom, where, or even species start with us…party of one.
Yep that’s right – us. We are the ones who decide whether to lean in – whether to engage or to respond. And at the point we lean in, we have no idea just where things might or could go. If we stop and think a minute, it really is our connections that give our life purpose, meaning, and even identity.
Now let me ask you another question. How many of your friendships are ones that you couldn’t imagine being without, and have no idea where you’d be without leaning in, just taking that first step with them? For me, it’s been more than a handful, and I am truly blessed. Aren’t you?
Some friendships are ones where the tie that binds us is childhood, while others might be via friends of friends, family, causes, events, sometimes just being in the right place at the right time – and many others. My point? The tie that binds is not the where or how – it’s the first step of leaning in, whether you are the one engaging or responding. And I’d submit that in every instance, we have no idea of the goodness that just a simple greeting might bring us, whether it’s in passing or for a lifetime.
So, as we end our time today, what’s on your mind? It’s my hope as we part that you find yourself reflecting, even if it’s just for a minute, on your friendships and community and how dear they truly are.
Until next time…be bold and don’t hesitate to lean in.