I am forever grateful for the friends in my life that are my” emotional transfusions.” You need to weed out and do occasional emotional cleaning as you do in any beautiful garden. When I ran away after my husband died from New Jersey to New York, there were many acquaintances that I no longer felt I had anything in common with. No arguments or fights, not my style, just a letting go process. I know people thought how does one let go of friendships over 50 years. Well, for one they weren’t really true and loved friends, they were acquaintances. I have new friends that I value more than the ones I let go of. It’s not the years, its the quality of the friendship. Not judging them, just the essence of what they represented to me.
I have certain quotes on friendship that mean a great deal, and thought I would share some with you. Hope you see a part of yourself and your friends in them. I absolutely believe that some friends do have an expiration date and you will know when that happens. Quite easy to recognize the red flags. You want your friends to “get you.” The best feeling ever when no judging, just accepting and loving one another. Showing kindness. Being there. All key elements in what a friendship should be…….and of course respect.
“One of the most beautiful qualities of a true friendship is to understand and be understood.” Lucius Annaeus Seneca
“There is nothing on this earth more to be prized than true friendship.” Thomas Acquinas
“A friend is what the heart needs all the time.” Henry Van Dyke
“A single rose can be my garden—-a single friend, my world.” Leo Buscaglia
“One loyal friend is worth ten thousand relatives.” Euripides
“The only way to have a friend is to be one.” Ralph Waldo Emerson
“Wishing to be friends is quick work, but friendship is a slow ripening fruit.” Aristotle
“Don’t walk behind me; I may not lead. Don’t walk in front of me; I may not follow. Just walk beside me and be my friend.” Albert Camus
It has been proven that when you have friends to share with, you are healthier.
May you all have friends you deserve and deserve you.