Monday, 8 February 2016
Not making the time- but taking the time, for friendships!
Over the past few weeks we have had a number of catch up moments. I noticed when writing our Christmas cards in December that a few of our friends hadn't received the attention they deserved from us the past year. It highlighted for me the need to 'do it different' this year. To be a bit more alert and pay more attention to those people who brighten our world and add colour to our lives- in their own unique way.
What played a part in this 'neglect' was definitely the over full diary we had - the shift, the trip to my children, the visit from overseas, the new routines, distance and the a few small health odds and sods. So it wasn't a lazy excuse but more a 'too much of one thing and not enough of the other'.
We have finally found our feet, have a few less BIG THINGS lined up and feel more relaxed. Our routines more settled and our commitments less stressful. Time then, to restructure and refocus on what is important.
Friendships - such an important part of life in general. People needing people. Having a place to go to share your story, being privy to other people's stories, sharing memories or making new ones. Enjoying a glass of wine or sharing a meal - a coffee time visit or a walk in the park.
I am aware that it isn't the amount of time one spends with friends - but the level of enjoyment and support one can give or receive.
What recently was meant to be a quick cuppa - turned into 4 hours of sharing and unburdening.
When we arrived for a snack - it turned into a 3 course meal.
A short call to say 'hello' was a heaven sent break in a sad day.
The walk in the park - was a treat of nature at it's best ( and a healthy red nose to boot)
The need for more stamps meant that there are letterboxes received fun mail instead of just bills.
I know it is an unrealistic task to think we can meet up with all those in our 'little black book'. But I do know we can do our utmost to share moments - and make room for those wanting to 'be' with us, for whatever reason.
I aim to mend my ways in 2016 and hopefully I will be able to say - I am pleased and proud of our efforts this year.
Our friends are the treasures in our life.