“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.
Friends are invaluable part of life and come in different levels and forms. Either close or general, friendship is meaningful and needs to be nurtured. It is easier to get along better with some friends than others because are more than a shoulder to cry on. Needless to say, they improve one’s outlook on life. On the contrary, some friendships can drain and milk all your energy and resources. But certainly it’s worth the effort to keep them both since no one knows what fate brings.
As life becomes more complicated with working schedules, family engagements and relocations, staying connected with friends can be hard. People love to hide behind the masks of their priorities not to keep in touch with friends. Khalil Gibran rightly highlights that “friendship is always a sweet responsibility, never an opportunity” People get out of friendship what they are willing to put in. It comes at a cost of personal conveniences and vulnerability. The benefits of friendship by far outweigh the latter.
Regardless the levels, forms and priorities of life, friendship must be celebrated and adored. Every soul is placed in our lives for a reason. We sometimes take friends for granted either because of our new gained status in life or seeing others useless, God has granted us the gift of friendship to cry, smile and laugh together.
This festive season-just like any other time- is an ideal time to celebrate friendships. Celebrating friendships should not make people dig deeper in their pockets. A surprise phone call, text, letter or a pair of socks would do the magic. It’s all about creating lasting memories to be cherished forever. Whatever be the mode of celebrations you decide to use, what matters the most is the feeling of knowing you have a friend who cherishes you despite their busy schedules and high status of life.
Celebrating friendships that won’t reciprocate our kindness matters the most. This is the reason for Christmas. We celebrate the birth of a friend and savior who cherishes us as friends despite our ingratitude. Merry Christmas to all my friends!!!