Forever Friends

We all have girlfriends.  Girlfriends you shop with.  Girls you gossip with, girlfriends you party with and girlfriends you pray with.  I have been fortunate enough to have one friend that I can share all aspects of my life with. She is my confidant, my cheerleader, my sturdy shoulder and my 40 ft tall legs, hoisting me up into the stratosphere.  The most beautiful thing about her is, her ability to accept me just as I am.  That is a difficult task.  To love someone and appreciate them for who and what they are is to say I love you…in-spite of you.  Through all of your character flaws, I still see the glimmer of beauty that lies within you.

Just as I have said to respect your Wisdom Warriors, respect your Forever Friends.  I am not insinuating that you diss your casual friends and acquaintances.  I am merely stating that you should let your Forever Friends know that you need them, you appreciate them and you thank God for them.  They didn’t have to answer your 3am phone call when you and Mario broke up.  They didn’t have to come and have Mexican and Margaritas when you found out you weren’t graduating on time.  They didn’t have to plan your baby and wedding showers.  They didn’t have to tell you how beautiful and worthy you were when your self-esteem was too low.  But, guess what?  They did.

I charge you to pick up the phone and say “thank you”, “I love you”, “I admire you”, “I respect you”, “I value your friendship” to your Forever Friend.  She needs to hear you say those words.

Here are a few tips for showing your FF how much you care:

1.  Send her a handwritten card:

Nothing beats a thank you written in some one’s own hand.  Reading about how your friend values your contribution to their life is indeed a priceless thing.

2.  Listen:

I am guilty of interjecting when my friend is talking.  That can give the illusion that I am not tuned in to what she is going through.  Listen to your friend and give her your undivided attention.  Sometimes we just want to know that someone is there.

3.  Create a small scrapbook:

Pay homage to your friendship by creating a small scrapbook of memories that you ladies have shared.  She will treasure it always.  (I don’t want to hear that you’re not creative.  Ever heard of Snapfish or Picasa?)

Call your Forever Friend right now and make her feel like she’s important to you because afterall…she is.

Until next time, thrive like there will be no next time!

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