I know I have to talk more about introversion at some point, but today’s post is pulled together in haste. I hope you’ll enjoy and reflect on the following quotes.
I don’t think I’ve ever had to put a friendship to the test in this way, but I know people who have. When you go through a difficult time or make mistakes that have everyone wondering about you, you find out who your real friends are.
This is certainly true for me as my only sibling died when I was two years old. But for those who don’t get along with their siblings, it can be just as true. You don’t get to choose your family, but friends are friends by choice.
By the way, I promised last week that I’d let you know how I made out with setting a friend date. I did—we’re meeting for coffee next week—but I admit it’s someone from a group I’ve been part of for a long time. We met for coffee once, months ago, and enjoyed it, just didn’t get around to another one-on-one. Next Thursday we will.
My grandfather’s ‘if you want to have friends, you’ve got to be friendly,’ paraphrases the words of wise Emerson, but the poet takes it a bit further. It’s not just being friendly, it’s being a friend. Catch the difference? What does being a friend look like to you? Be that person.