Honoring the Life of a Dear Old Friend in L.A. …who is not so old!
The Beauty of Friendship ~ December 26, 2015
30 something years ago I received a call from a woman I had never met. A mutual friend connected us. Shortly after that call we met for the first time and began a beautiful friendship that lasted for many years…a decade or so. And then we lost touch. Almost 20 years passed before we would meet again and reconnect. Such a Blessing from high above! The Divine knows exactly who is meant to be in your life, at exactly the right moments. It’s rare that a friendship like ours comes together in one’s lifetime for so many years, and then separates for a while, only to reconnect years later…wiser, more at peace, and much more aware.
Our lives have changed in so many ways. We have both built businesses and traveled at least several hundred thousand miles or more in our growth and learning along the path. Conscious awareness, and a reality check on what is really important in one’s life has been a cornerstone for me, as I’m sure it has been for my friend. As for me, I know my breasts are bigger and longer, and even closer to my waistline than they used to be. I know my Heart is more open and receptive than it has been for a decade or so, after so much loss and longing. I know my mind is more alert and aware than it has ever been. I also know my waistline has added on a couple of inches. And I know for sure that I live in Grace and Gratitude every day, for everything that is. Especially this Present Moment of Life. I am Grateful.
The blessings of friendship are some of the sweetest blessings I have ever known in my Life. They gift me with a sweetness and a wholeness that makes me feel complete. So does Nature. Honor your close friends. Give them everything you’ve got! Recognize their inner beauty. They are precious souls living along side you. Love and friendship are so sacred and precious. Every person that sits at your table, and every friend that arrives in your life is a Blessing from high above. Recognize it. Savor it. Appreciate it. These are the Diamonds in our Lives. Love them well.
I am aware of how phenomenal my dear, old friend Joanne is, and what an extraordinary woman and human being she has become. And she is not old…Just at the beginning of her Now Moment!
As the extraordinary Maya Angelou says:
“I’ve learned that no matter what happens, or how bad it seems today, life does go on, and it will be better tomorrow. I’ve learned that you can tell a lot about a person by the way he or she handles these three things: a rainy day, lost luggage, and tangled Christmas tree lights. I’ve learned that regardless of your relationship with your parents, you’ll miss them when they’re gone from your life. I’ve learned that making a “living” is not the same thing as making a “life.” I’ve learned that life sometimes gives you a second chance. I’ve learned that you shouldn’t go through life with a catcher’s mitt on both hands; you need to be able to throw something back. I’ve learned that whenever I decide something with an open heart, I usually make the right decision. I’ve learned that even when I have pains, I don’t have to be one. I’ve learned that every day you should reach out and touch someone. People love a warm hug, or just a friendly pat on the back. I’ve learned that I still have a lot to learn. I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”
I thank God for the Beauty of Friendship!