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Friendship...the Greatest Blessing

Good afternoon to all my friends out in cyber world.  What an absolutely gorgeous day it is here in the Chicago land area.  I attempted this morning to get to the Alpaca Farm, but I had an extremely rough night of pain and this morning it was totally unbearable.  I put on a pain patch and took some pain meds...attempted to get into the car...made it up to my friends house and really had no idea how I would be able to make the 2 hour drive along with walking the 10 acres of farm land.  I hated to have to call the owner and cancel.  But I absolutely could not manage it.  My friend took me in her house and applied heating pads to my back and made me comfortable until things became somewhat better and I drove home to board my own couch and apply heat and more meds.  I am not sure what is wrong, but will soon find out. 
As to todays blog, I thought that I would tackle the subject of Friendship.  This is a subject matter that covers everyone and everything. 
What is a friend?  Are there different types of friendships.  What do we do when a friend turns their back on us? 
First and foremost...a friend, of course can come from any walk of life.  They can be of either sex for both.  Friendship is not about WHO there are...but about what they are.  I am talking about the spiritual and soulful makeup of a friend.  There are friends that would be considered more or acquaintances.  Their are lifelong friends and there are fleeting friends.  If I have missed any, please feel free to add. 
I have been so blessed with some of the most wonderful friends in the world.  I have friends from all walks of the earth...and friends that have departed this world. 
I have a friend that is as old as I am.  We have been friends since birth.  Our mothers were friends and even our grandmothers were friends.  We can be together every week for months on end and then there can be months before we talk or see each other...and within that second...nothing has changed...we can pick up right where we left off.  That friendship is there in the good times and the bad times as well. 
There are friends that are long time or recent, where when meeting them, instantly a bond forms.  It as though they are the piece of the puzzle to your life.  You can identify instantly with them and there is such ease to that relationship. 
There are friends that for whatever reason are brought into you life and breeze out sometimes as quickly as they entered.  We often will ask why?  We don't understand what the purpose of that friendship was for.  But always learn from that relationship.  There is never an empty relationship...whether we gain or lose something...in the end...there is always a gain...sometimes we have to look a little harder and sometimes a little deeper to see the why's of it all.  Those fleeting friends are temporary fillers.  Lesson teachers. 
A n acquaintance is a friend who you enjoy the time spent together, yet is more on the surface than deeper.  We have many of those through our lifetimes as well. 
Years ago...my mother-in-law taught me to count the friends when times are hard and bad..not the friends at the parties.  The friends that are there when the times are hard are the truest of friends.  They are the ones that you can call in the middle of the night.  The ones that give up their time to take you to the doctor, therapy, cancer treatments.  They are the ones who truly live life to the fullest with you.  The ones who will raise their eyebrows over your crazy idea but do it with you every time.  The are the ones who encourage you and lift you up.  They don't have jealousy or resentments.  they are your biggest supporter and cheerleader.  If we only have one of these types of friends we are so rich in our lives.  We have found one of the greatest blessings. 
I am so fortunate to have found so many of these wonderful friends.  I have encountered numerous acquaintances along the way, but give a salute to those true friends.  A friend like today.
When she was looking forward to spending a day out with me and instead, feared for my safety.  Took me under her wings and cared for me. I thank God for the blessings of my friends.  I only pray that I am as good to them as they are to me. Thank you today to each an every one of my friends for each moment and memory that you have shared or given me through the years and know that I thank God each day for His blessings of our friendship.

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Jeanni on Sunday, September 29, 2013 7:00 PM
Do you remember the old musical 'round' song (I got it from being in Blue Birds--the equivalent to Camp Fire Girls that Brownie's was to Girl Scouts) Make New Friends But Keep the Old, One is Silver & the other is Gold!
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