Day 28: Changes

“I wanted a perfect ending. Now I’ve learned, the hard way, that some poems don’t rhyme, and some stories don’t have a clear beginning, middle, and end. Life is about not knowing, having to change, taking the moment and making the best of it, without knowing what’s going to happen next.
Delicious Ambiguity.”
― Gilda Radner

How many of your friends have you kept?

1? 2?  Maybe 3-4?

Why did you keep them?  Was it because of how they talked to you?  How you laughed when you were together?  Because of their strength?  How they challenged you?

Or how they changed you?

One of my friends uses the phrase “The struggle is real.”  So I’ve picked it up.  And its hilarious, when used in an appropriate ironic context. (first world problems, etc…)  And I listen…and I hear it spread across the office…and its like listening to a friendship form.  Your friends add words to your vocabulary, phrases to your life, and adventure.

If you have found a good friend, you will not remain unchanged.  A good friend will challenge you when you’re wrong.  A good friend will be there to pick you up when you’re down, or if you don’t think you can ever get up again.  A good friend will, in your moment of despair, make you eat your dinner…make you go for a walk…tell you that one thing you never knew you needed to hear.

They’ll say it.  And you’ll sigh and be happy because finally someone understood.  They got it.  They knew WHY you needed to hear something.  They know the difference between “You look hot” and “You look beautiful.”  Between “You’re a good friend” and “You’re my best friend.”

With the best of friends, time, distance, they don’t matter.  They’ll find their way back to you.  Friends don’t leave another friend behind.  You are better for the friends you have made.  You don’t deserve the friends you have, any more than they deserve you.  Rather, you have the kinds of friends that you have been.  Be the friend you’re looking for.  Be the shoulder to cry on, be the confidence they may lack, be the strength when someone is weak, and be the love that they need…and that they might not be able to say.

Be kind.  Love your friends.  Be thankful for them.

In the words of Guardians of the Galaxy “I have lived most of my life surrounded my enemies. I will be grateful to die among my friends.”

To a less dire extent…I am grateful to be surrounded by my friends.

Physical Health:

Hours of Sleep: 9 hours.  That’s MUCH better

Exercise: Lifting the lawn mower, mowing said lawn, up hills…booooo

Breakfast: southwestern egg scramble

Health

Cleaning or Packing?: Mowed the lawn…mowed alllllll of the lawn.  And trimmed bushes.  Without electrocution, thank you!

Made my bed?:  2 more days!

Read 1 book a week:Not sure what to start with next…its starting to get crisp and fall-y outside…hmmmm…tba

Conclusion

“A friend is someone who knows all about you and still loves you.”
― Elbert Hubbard

Love,

C

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