It’s Monday! That means Monday Motivation here – and today I’m inspired by friendship. I had the pleasure of catching up with a sweet friend over dinner Friday evening. We started dinner at 5:30pm and didn’t stop gabbing until 9:00 or so. It wasn’t that I had not seen my friend in a long time, or that we had any new life experiences, per se, it was just a great conversation. Don’t you feel invigorated when you spend quality time with somebody who loves you and you love back? You are not related by blood, nor is it your spouse or significant other, but somebody you met somewhere at some point in your life – and developed an unwritten bond of friendship. It amazes me sometimes how random these people can enter your life and change it forever.
When I was a little girl, my daddy told me that I would be able to count on one hand the number of true friends I would have. I didn’t understand him at the time – because I wanted to be “popular” and have tons of friends. But now I get it. I have a large number of wonderful people that I know – and with social media such as Facebook, I’ve connected with people I knew ages ago. But the truth is, that my real friends ARE able to be counted on one hand. There are friends who came through my life and were super special at the time, but very few have been true through time.
I love that I can be myself 110% with my real friends. And I have found sometimes spending time with my best friends REMINDS me who I am. It’s not that I am not always authentically myself, but sometimes I think we (I) get so caught up in our day to day routine that circling back with a person who knows and loves us is often like a little booster shot – or even a glance in the mirror.
This weekend, one of my best friends, whom I have known since college, popped into Dallas to spend the day together. It was so special. And such a reminder of what is really important in life: time spent. Even though true friendships can weather time and distance, and you can still pick up like it was yesterday, friendships need a little nurturing. And time spent with those you love is key to living a fulfilled life. Living By Design, right? Be intentional. Dare to make a date with somebody who loves and lifts you and keep the date, no matter how busy you are. It doesn’t have to be a 3 1/2 hour dinner date. Or a full day. But a cup of coffee. Lunch. A cocktail. Even a phone call to catch up and remind your friend how special they are to you. You will receive the benefit of that moment as well.
I had an awesome weekend with loved ones that I’m not even related to. And I am making myself a promise to make even more of an effort to see or talk to the people that inspire me, challenge me, know me, entertain me, and just make me happy. Do you have a way that you intentionally keep in touch with your friends? I’d love to hear about it!