Grateful For Friends Who Enrich My Life - Week #1

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Real Estate Agent with Compass CA DRE# 01215160

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.

Edgeood County Park, San Mateo County CAAfter 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.”
C.S. Lewis, The Four Loves

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Lottie Kendall
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Hi Michael Jacobs and Ron and Alexandra Seigel and Kathy Streib  - that quote of C.S. Lewis is a new find for me. It seems to sum up my feelings about friendship.

Nov 08, 2019 07:32 PM #19
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Lottie Kendall
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Hello Sharon Lee and Sheila Anderson - good friends are important to a happy life, I believe.

Nov 08, 2019 07:33 PM #20
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Lottie Kendall
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Nina Hollander - I'm sorry you lost a dear friend. I imagine that leaves a void in life that will always be there in some fashion. Hopefully the memories often bring a smile to your face.

Nov 08, 2019 07:36 PM #21
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Lottie Kendall
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Hi Wayne Martin - yes, "forever friends" add such a richness to our lives, don't they? I'm glad you had a chance to get together with your long-time friend recently.

Nov 08, 2019 07:38 PM #22
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Lottie Kendall
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Hi Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland - this post about friendship just about wrote itself; I'm definitely grateful for the friends in my life.

Nov 08, 2019 07:41 PM #23
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Lottie Kendall
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Hi Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543  and Myrl Jeffcoat - glad you liked the picture. I took that on my morning hike last Tuesday - the early morning sun lit up the hillsides - it was magnificent.

Nov 08, 2019 07:43 PM #24
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Lottie Kendall
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Hello Sheri Sperry - MCNE® and George Souto - you both understand the importance and pleasure a long-time friendship brings, something to be cherished indeed.

Nov 08, 2019 07:45 PM #25
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Lottie Kendall
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Hello Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD - an early morning walk wakes up our whole being, right? You live in an area conducive to doing that as I do, too. Having a friend to share it makes it even better.

Back in my trail-running days, I had friends I'd meet at this same park in the picture, and in the winter we'd start our runs in the dark with headlamps in place before heading off to work. Treasured memories!

Nov 08, 2019 07:48 PM #26
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Lottie Kendall
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Brian England and Barbara Todaro - you both understand how wonderful those close friendships are - enriching, indeed.

Nov 08, 2019 07:49 PM #27
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Lottie Kendall
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Hello Grant Schneider - I look forward to reading your gratitude posts. One person's post can be a teaching moment for others. 

Nov 08, 2019 07:50 PM #28
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Joan Cox
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Lottie, what a beautiful post, and I so agree!   Friends are chosen, and you are lucky to have so many.

Nov 09, 2019 10:04 AM #29
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Sally K. & David L. Hanson
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Meeting people you only know thru "the Rain" in person is a great experience !

Nov 09, 2019 04:17 PM #30
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Jeff Dowler, CRS
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Hi Lottie:

What a heartfelt, and uplifting, post. Sounds like you have some very special peole in your life, and have for years!

I love the C. S. Lewis quote - it characterizes what friendships are all about.

Jeff

Nov 10, 2019 05:53 PM #31
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Lottie Kendall
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Greetings, Joan Cox - good friends are like a special blanket we can wrap around ourselves. Enjoy yours.

Nov 10, 2019 06:03 PM #32
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Lottie Kendall
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Happy Sunday evening, Sally K. & David L. Hanson - I love meeting up with Active Rain friends - rather reminds me of a school reunion!

Nov 10, 2019 06:03 PM #33
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Lottie Kendall
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Hello Jeff Dowler, CRS - I hope I never take my friends for granted. I liked that C.S. Lewis quote about friendship, too. 

Nov 10, 2019 06:05 PM #34
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Laura Cerrano
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I just went back to this post and now I feel extra gratitude for all the friends I have that know me and encourage me to be the best person I can be

Nov 11, 2019 04:08 PM #35
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Lottie Kendall
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Those special friends are essential in our lives, Laura Cerrano 

Nov 11, 2019 07:15 PM #36
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Laura Cerrano
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I just came back to this because it makes me feel good to know that people are getting wonderful things out of what we have here at AR.

Nov 13, 2019 10:01 PM #39
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Lottie Kendall
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Active Rain is a special group of people, Laura Cerrano - I can feel it!

Nov 14, 2019 11:15 AM #40
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