With Thanksgiving rapidly approaching, it is natural for us to reflect on all we have for which to be grateful. The challenge that Debe Maxwell is spearheading this month, the November 2019 Thanksgiving Gratitude Challenge encourages us to share some of those thoughts with others, to spread the feeling and remind us just how fortunate we are.
Today I am thinking about friendships and how they enrich my life. As many of your know, I work as a Realtor both in San Francisco and on the Peninsula and the Silicon Valley.
Yesterday was a day spent primarily on the Peninsula, and it started early. I met a friend at 6:45AM at beautiful Edgewood County Park; we hiked up and down hills until 8:15AM, talking and chatting, sharing the joys of traveling and lecture series as well as concerns for spouses and other friends dealing with hard times. Having a friend whose company is marvelous and stimulating and who is willing to meet up early is a treasure, indeed.
After our hike, I headed to a nearby city park to practice a bit of yoga, clean up, and change into my Realtor clothes. Then it was off to breakfast to meet another friend.
She and I have been friends for well over 40 years; we've watched our children grow up, seen each other through the travails of life; laugh, cry and play together. After all these years, we still get together a couple of times a month, often for breakfast since that seems to work readily into our schedules. She is a friend who I treasure beyond words. 10:15 arrived and she headed off to her retail work and I to broker tour and real estate appointments.
Other friends all add the spice to life. The new friends who still astonish and amaze me as I learn more about them, the high school friends I'm in touch with primarily via email and phone, friends who have moved away (I had a chance to visit some of them on our vacations this year.) Then there are my Active Rain friends, those whom I have meet and those I haven't (yet!)
Like C.S. Lewis says, “Friendship is unnecessary, like philosophy, like art.... It has no survival value; rather it is one of those things which give value to survival.”