Since coming home from my trip to California, I’ve been reflecting a great deal on friendship. I am so grateful for the time I spent with friends on this trip, connecting, having deep conversations, laughing, dreaming, and really witnessing one another. I felt and continue to feel so filled up in my heart and soul from these moments of togetherness. I’ve also noticed my desire to keep those connections going and to make time to nurture my other friendships. I am someone who so longs for connection and belonging, often feeling lonely in my local community. Yet, I get lost in the stress and overwhelm of the day-to-day tasks and work, so much so that I retreat, I don’t reach out, I don’t pick up the phone. I am realizing that I do have connections and friendships, they just might be spread across this county and spill over borders. I’m seeing more clearly that I need to dust myself off from my lonely pity party and be proactive in reaching out. I need to embrace my former 13 year-old self and fall back in love with chatting on the phone.
As you know, I adore the writing of David Whyte. I love his thoughts on friendship…
“The ultimate touchstone of friendship is not improvement, neither of the other nor of the self: the ultimate touchstone is witness, the privilege of having been seen by someone and the equal privilege of being granted the sight of the essence of another, to have walked with them and to have believed in them, and sometimes just to have accompanied them for however brief a span, on a journey impossible to accomplish alone.” — David Whyte, from Readers’ Circle Essay, “Friendship”
Yes. This journey of life is impossible to travel alone. Much love, friends. xoxo
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