Friends, how many of us have them?

Every relationship involves give and take.  Never think of friends as people who can only do for you.  If we all enter with the mindset of giving more than taking, it’ll make our relationships smoother rides through life.

Recent travels this summer and fall ((along with a ridiculous amount of hanging out with friends)) allowed me to reflect on friendships I’ve made over the years.  I’ve gone from New York to Atlanta to DC to Minneapolis and even back down to my Alma Mater’s city of Huntsville; some visits were just a 24 hour pit stop, and others a week long. Each made me more and more thankful to be able to call my friends FRIENDS.

Reminiscing about the day I met my friends takes me back to the Catholic school uniforms and 64-pack of crayons of elementary school while others remind me of our encounters at the Greasy Spoon on Alabama A&M’s campus.  It’s a great feeling to know I have a close knit set of friends I can call on in times of need and when there’s cause for celebrations.

Despite the notion of Facebook, not just anyone can be considered friend.  Real friends have been there when I needed a shoulder to cry on, a listening ear, and have given me the kind of advice only someone who loves me could offer.  I would say they really have my best interest at heart.



My hope is that I’m there for them in the same way they’ve been there for me.  I hope they know my door is open anytime for conversations, hugs, venting-sessions, and whatever else it is they need.

No matter how many decades or how few months I’ve known those I call friend, I’m glad to have them in my life.  Everyone comes into our life for a reason and I find it a true blessing when I reflect on the goodness my girls bring to my life.

What have you done for a friend lately?