I have a handful of real-life friends who I trust, love, admire and respect (among other things). I have recently realized how each contributes to my life to make me a better person.
This thought came to me over the week as I spent time with someone very dear to me. I noticed the feeling I got with him around. The energy I had, the focus, the drive and just the simple aura he created. So that got me to thinking about the other people I consider my friends: How I feel about them and what they contribute to me. (What I think I contribute to them has to be an entirely separate post!)
The friend I mentioned above I have known about 19 years. We'll call him #1, but the ranking is in no way indicative of each person's priority in my life. Another person I consider a true friend, and really my only close female friend, I have only known for three years. She'll be #2.
There's friend #3 and I have known him for 23 years. Friend #4 and I have been thick and thieves for 21 years. And #5 I have known for about 16 or 17 years.
Each of these people gives me motivation, encouragement, love and support. They teach me things about life, health, people, relationships, feelings, children, etc. They'll do whatever they can for me whenever they can. And they've shown me that speaking up/opening up, asking for help, chatting or just venting are all okay.
They've taught me that I can be myself. They hold no judgements, no preconceived notions, no negativity BUT they shoot straight from the hip. No minced words, loving correction and rarely a hurt feeling. They don't speak in anger or purposefully make hurtful comments.
If I could have it my way we would all live in the same state, within 20 minutes of each other to support, love and encourage one another on a regular basis. For now, I'll just try to remember to hold onto the essence of who each of these people are and the value they bring to my life. As I work and go about my day-to-day activities and responsibilities this week these thoughts will be my muse.
(Feel free to remind me of this post whenever you like. LOL)
That, my friends, is what's fueling my muse this week.
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