I was just thinking again about friendships. How they change through the years, the ebb and flow. How some years you see more or less of one or another…our lives get busy and then suddenly, for whatever reason, timing works and you are again spending time together. What put me in mind of this is I just found the following quote from a 4th Century BCE story about Buddha: “The family stands together like a forest, while the storms blow down the tree that stands alone.” (Jataka 74). It is very similar to an African proverb I heard many years ago: “Sticks in a bundle are strong, a stick by itself, breaks”
Nearly 10 years ago I had remarked to my friend Alice* that through her I had discovered the secret to the fountain of youth…passion and young friends. Even at 92 she had an ever-widening number of friends and acquaintances. I have to laugh…at the age of 92…if you don’t have young friends, what kind of friends do you have? Let this be a lesson to us.
And while we make new friends…but cherish the old ones…these friends are present in spirit, even when you are not able to spend much time together. Making you strong, creating sunshine…the wind beneath your wings…thank you!
Living Joyously Tip for the Day:
Discover the fountain of youth!!! Take time to cultivate your friendships.
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*Read more about Alice in my book Stride Like a Lion, Soar Like an Eagle, released March, 2013