January 27, 2022

I get by with a little help from my friends

“There is nothing better than a friend, unless it is a friend with chocolate.”
― Linda Grayson

A couple of years ago my husband and I were thinking about moving to Georgetown, a lovely community 30 miles north of Austin. We had several reasons for considering a move and when I told my dear friend Karen, she was forceful in her response.

“No,” she said. “You’re not moving. You’ll be too far away from your family and friends. Just stay where you are.”

I admit I hadn’t thought about how such a change would affect my cherished relationships. And I was touched that Karen objected so firmly. She wasn’t being bossy. She was just telling me she placed a high value on our friendship.

My many friends

Yesterday in my journal I wrote about all the wonderful friends I’ve had over the years. There’s my high school friend Joy, who has faithfully kept in touch since we graduated. My college roommates are still treasured friends.

During my career, I had several close buddies – Joanne and Kathy, Mary and Melanie to name a few. Since I moved to Austin 30 plus years ago, I have been blessed to know many women who have supported, loved and helped me in so many ways.

We’ve traveled together, had lots of fun and shared our pain and joy.

I consider my friends part of my extended family and I cherish them all. My life would not have been as interesting or as rich without them.

It’s A Wonderful Life

As I wrote about friends, I thought of the Frank Capra movie It’s a Wonderful Life. I’ve seen it dozens of times, but I still cry every time I watch the closing scene.

George Bailey (Jimmy Stewart) is down on his luck and in big trouble. He thinks he’s a loser who hasn’t gotten rich or done anything important. But he’s spent his life helping others and building friendships. And those friends come through for him in the end.

George’s guardian angel Clarence reminds him that “No man is a failure who has friends.”

Wise words, Clarence. Wise words.

Writing spark

Think about the friends you have and the ones you’ve known in the past. How did you meet and form a connection? What experiences brought you into a close relationship? Is there a way you can reach out and tell them how much they mean to you? I invite you to ponder these questions in your journal. I also invite you to share them in this Free to Write community by responding to this email.

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