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Friday, March 5, 2010



How long does it take to be a friend?

To share a thought, a dream, a plan, a life,
to offer a smile, an ear, a shoulder, a hug,
to gently guide, support, defend, respect,
to love, to pray for the other.

How long does it take to be a friend?
A moment or a lifetime.

Lately I have acquired a whole bunch of new friends of all ages, ethnic backgrounds and experiences who mix very well with my older friends. Variety is the spice of life! I am looking around and wondering how did this happen? What am I doing different?

I think the answer is I have stopped trying to orchestrate my life and the lives of everyone I know. I have begun to appreciate the fact that every single life created is a unique gift from one source.

Sometimes we focus on one or two people who make such a big impression on us that we can't see beyond them. Allowing any other entity to overshadow us is like saying, go ahead live my life for me because I realize that God did not make me as intelligent, attractive or as worthy as you are. That's a bunch of crap! God does not make junk.

So today as I look around and count my many friends I am grateful for all of them and the little quirks that make them who they are. Every single one of them has taught me something of value.


  1. I feel blessed to call you friend, Barbara. I just read your last 4 posts, I so much love your writing and the wisdom you share. Thank you!

  2. Both of you ladies have enriched my life with your own wisdom. Thank you for taking the time to comment!

  3. Recently a colleague of mine from Kenya said something that has stuck with me and I'm trying to apply it in my own life. She was generally speaking and said "If you don't like me because I pick my nose, then don't like THAT part of me, it doesn't mean that I don't have other things to offer in a friendship."

    It's made me think about how many great things people may have to offer if you can just look past the one thing that keeps you from getting to know them.

  4. What a wonderful way of looking at people Sarah! The worst person in the entire world can't be "all" bad. Sometimes it is hard to see the good, but it is there and it is called the "God seed".