I have to admit that I am not the world’s best about keeping in touch with people who are important to me. I have a feeling I am not the only person who falls into that category. Having established my status, I will also admit that it is always a very refreshing surprise, and an uplifting feeling when I make a call to a friend and we are able to talk for a few minutes and re-establish that connection. Now I’m not talking about those people we all have in our lives with whom we do things socially, but don’t really have the bond of shared trust and personal friendship. I’m talking about those people that you can set down with, and have a conversation about your marriage, or a problem you’re having with your kids that you are struggling to handle. People whom you truly value.
I had the great pleasure of receiving such a call today. I had left a message for a friend last week, and heard nothing from him, and then I left another yesterday. He called today, and just the few minutes we spent talking allowed him to get some stuff off his chest. He felt better, and I felt better for having been a sounding board for him. It got me thinking about the value of a good friend. I have been fortunate to have found a few good friends in the course of my life. My conversation today left me wondering if those people know just how much I value their friendship? If I don’t call, and only forward them the occasional email item I found amusing, does that let them know that they are still on the short list of people I would call upon for sage advice?
Do you have such a person in your life? Someone that you care for, but who may not realize just how important you consider them to be? Personal relationships are one of the few things of lasting value in this life, and most of us only make time for our significant other, and our kids. If reading this caused you to think of someone in particular, why not make it a priority to contact that person, just to make a bright spot in their day. I bet it becomes a bright spot in yours as well.