“We’re best friends”
MAYA ANGELOU: “There’s a marked difference between acquaintances and friends. Most people really don’t become friends. They become deep and serious acquaintances. But in a friendship you get to know the spirit of another person; and your values coincide. Friends may disagree, but not about serious matters. A friend will stand for you when you are no longer able. A woman can say to herself, If I die, I know that my friend, my sister friend will be here to hold up the banner. Now that’s very profound.”
What an emotional statement.
How many or you have a best friend, or indeed can count yourself as a best friend.
As my career has changed, grown and developed over the years I have gathered around me an entirely different group of friends. Students, peers in my industry and people I’ve made the acquaintance of as I work.
My husband and I maintain a deep friendship with a number of couples we grew to adulthood with. Our families became family through friendship and now after 4o years, we can just visit and capture the spirit of familiarity despite the years that pass.
However, for me, there is life changing busyness that progressively leaves me less time for friends. I feel as though I have to make an appointment to allow myself to spend time with friends. I’m aware that I do need to make an effort the nurture my friendships. Sometimes, I just make a note in my diary to ring someone special in my life… maybe just send a small gift. But I do need to work on it.
Then there are the unseen friends. Social Media has changed the way we communicate and make acquaintances. I’m constantly reminded of the happiness given as a silent gift from friends who know me through my images and writings. Yesterday I received a wonderful message, a gift of kind words with a humbling explanation. Thank you. I’m grateful.
We are friends indeed.