“Things are never quite as scary when you’ve got a best friend.” ~ Bill Watterson
“I cannot even imagine where I would be today were it not for the handful of friends who have given me a heart full of joy. Let’s face it, friends make life a lot more fun.” ~ Charles R. Swindoll
Since I’m an introvert, I have lots of acquaintances. But people who are friends of my heart, not so many. While we’re on vacation, we’re connecting with one or two of these.
Friends of the heart are ones that you just feel like you’ve known from the moment you meet them and when you get together after months or years, you feel like no time has passed.
As I write this, I’m sitting in the living room of one of those kinds of friends. It’s her birthday too! We get to help her set up her new computer, and then go out for a birthday dinner. It’s just one day out of our two weeks here, but visiting with her is so precious. We get to share the stories of what has happened to us since last we chatted and I’m happy that we are able to see each other face-to-face. I look forward to seeing our other friends as well.
Friends are so important to making life worth living. I have to admit that I have loved being quiet at home all these months. And yet spending these weeks with friends and family are memories I will cherish for the rest of my life. I love the laughter and surprises. We kept this visit secret from my husband’s brother, who is celebrating his 60th birthday, for almost a year with the help of the rest of the family. Kudos to everyone who managed to keep the secret! Watching his face when he realized we were sitting in his living room at his party was worth the 1200 mile trip.
I hope you are lucky to have at least one close friend that you can be completely yourself with. I’ve read and heard that humans are made for connection rather than competition. Who are the people you connect with?
And sometimes “people” might be your pets. They don’t criticize us. They just love us as we are. Our friend related how she connected with the cat she recently adopted and how having her has helped her feel less alone. Maybe the pandemic has helped many of us savor our relationships because we were forced to slow down and appreciate the little moments.
As you begin to venture out again, I hope you remember to stay connected to your friends and family of the heart.
Welcome to the new followers to my website. I hope you will leave a comment either for this blog, or for my podcast, Story~Power. Stay safe and healthy wherever you are in the world.
Lucinda Sage-Midgorden © 2021
Lucinda is the author of The Space Between Time, an award finalist in the “Fiction: Fantasy” category of the 2017 Best Book Awards.
Have you ever experienced life shattering events? Yeah, most of us have. In The Space Between Time, Jenna Holden gets slammed by her fiancé walking out, her mother’s untimely death, and losing her job all in one week. But she receives unexpected help when she finds her three-times great-grandmother’s journals and begins the adventure of a lifetime.
The Space Between Time is available in all ebook formats at Smashwords and for Kindle at Amazon, or you can find the ebook at iBooks or Barnes and Noble. If you prefer a physical copy, you can find a print-on-demand version at Amazon. Stay tuned for news when the audiobook version is published.
Lucinda is also the host of Story-Power a new podcast where she and her guests discuss the stories in all formats that have changed their lives. It’s available here on Sage Woman Chronicles and on Apple, Google, and Spotify podcast apps. Please rate and leave a review. It helps people find me.
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