Friends

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My daughter and one of her friends laughing and ice skating

There’s nothing like a good friend.

You can be yourself………..but if you’re not, she notices.

You can share the deepest parts of you.

She knows your story and you know hers.

With her, it’s okay to not be okay.

She’ll let you be scared but help you be brave.

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forever friends

Your laugh makes her laugh. Your tears break her heart.

It always feels like yesterday, even when it’s been a long time since you’ve connected.

She makes you better because she lifts you up and she loves you.

She’s an original and so are you.

 

 

 

 

 

Face-Time

I ran into a friend yesterday.  I followed her back to her office and we sat and talked a while.  It was good.  We caught up, laughed, remembered, and made a plan to hang out soon.  I needed that.

I love good conversation.  My heart swells like a roasting marshmallow when I get face-time.  It’s good to catch up or get to know someone in a deeper way.  That happens through face-time.  I’m not referring to the app on your smart phone but it can happen there.  Can even happen talking on the phone.  But you must be genuinely involved.

Conversation requires a balance of listening and answering, offering your thoughts and receiving theirs.  A discovery of a mutual hobby or similar work, a laugh, maybe some tears, a shared history…….an open heart.  Mostly it requires your full attention.  Your simple devotion to what’s right in front of you.

Conversation heals, brings revelation, transforms, uplifts and teaches.  If you’re truly engaged.

But we give the fake nods; say the phony “mmhhmms”; pretend we heard what was said.  Scattered, distracted, bothered, uninvolved.  We walk away from the conversation unaffected.  We barely offer anything of ourselves and have learned nothing about the other person.

It makes no difference whether you’re face-to-face or on the phone.

Good conversation, the kind that makes a difference, requires concentration and consideration.

Next time you have a chance to talk with someone, focus your attention.  Stop everything else and connect, encourage, inspire, and listen.  Make someone’s heart swell.

It’s the simplest way to show someone they matter.

Cupcake

 

 

imageCan a cupcake cause bliss? Yes!

 

I walked into the office last week and on my desk sat a small, perfectly square, pale green box.  Bliss swept across my face.  I knew what was inside……I just didn’t know which flavor.

I opened it before I sat down.  White Wedding Cake.  My favorite.  The icing was swirled 3 inches high with sparkles on top.

The cupcake was good.  The icing…..scrumptious.  Neither of those is what caused me to smile all day.    I was happy because my friend across the hall thought of me.  She took the time to bring me something she knew I would enjoy.   For $3.54 she brought me BIG happiness!

Sometimes it really is the thought that counts.  But it counts even more when you get a cupcake!!