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Friendship is a wonderful thing. And I was reminded just how special the connection with a friend can be.

Last week I had the distinct pleasure of reconnecting with an old friend. We met for lunch at our favorite sushi restaurant where we could catch up and laughed over sea bass rolls.  Upon arrival, I was greeted with a huge smile accompanied with genuine joy and affection. This exchange was absolutely Priceless! After lunch, I had a smile on my face for the rest of the day. There is nothing like sharing with a real friend.

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Although we lost contact and had not seen each other in over a year, it was if we had never skipped a beat. People come and go but real friends remain. A friend to me is someone you can be vulnerable with by sharing your hopes, your dreams and your fears.  Someone who won’t judge you but tells you the truth in love. Someone who challenges you to come up higher. Someone who has your back and has your best interest at heart. Someone who loves you in spite of you. A real friend holds your hand during bad times, celebrates with you in good times and cries with you during sad times.

Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends. (John 15:13, NIV)

So often we are blinded by the day to day cares of life that we forget about those special people in our lives, called friends. We might not talk to them every day but they are there. We might not spend time with them like we use to but they are still there. And when we think that our world has caved in on us and we are all alone they are right there. We all have people who are special to us; but we may have lost contact with them or just don’t have the freedom to spend time with them, as often as we like. However, when its all said and done, they are waiting in the wings with open arms. Ready to just be, your friend.

Take a moment to enjoy and celebrate those special people in your life called friends. Give them a call, share the love. You will be glad that you did.

Much love,


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