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Friendship First!

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Do you ever wonder about how we get to be friends with some people. Those seemingly random encounters, when you find an immediate connection, make me wonder. A past life relationship? Or does God want us to learn something from each other?

Does God set up blind dates for us with people we can learn from?

Friendship was paramount in my teen years. Then family became the focus, along with work relationships.

As I’ve gotten older, with the kids grown (mostly) friendship becomes more important.

After the divorce, after the crappy rebound, and the not quite right re-re-bound, I constantly reminded myself:

FOCUS ON FRIENDSHIP!

  FRIENDSHIP FIRST!

I befriended myself. And of course the dogs were the most constant friends of all.

Then there was the reunion with the high school girlfriends, after 30 plus years, we got together for a long weekend.

Friendship with those special ladies led to my high school sweetheart finding me again.  I won’t give you all the details, because they’re in the memoir I’m working on.

But the key was friendship first.

I still cherish those friendships. And I cherish the friendship I have with my husband.

We talk a lot about love, but the best kind of love, I believe, begins and ends with being friends.

Even my love for God is enriched by a component of friendship.

 

This week’s Stream of Consciousness Saturday prompt was acquaint/friend. If you’d like to join in the fun, visit:

Special Edition Friday Prompt for SoCS February 28/15

Here are the rules:

1. Your post must be stream of consciousness writing, meaning no editing, (typos can be fixed) and minimal planning on what you’re going to write.

2. Your post can be as long or as short as you want it to be. One sentence – one thousand words. Fact, fiction, poetry – it doesn’t matter. Just let the words carry you along until you’re ready to stop.

3. There will be a prompt every week. I will post the prompt here on my blog on Friday, along with a reminder for you to join in. The prompt will be one random thing, but it will not be a subject. For instance, I will not say “Write about dogs”; the prompt will be more like, “Make your first sentence a question,” or “Begin with the word ‘The’.”

4. Ping back! It’s important, so that I and other people can come and read your post! For example, in your post you can write “This post is part of SoCS:” and then copy and paste the URL found in your address bar at the top of this post into yours.  Your link will show up in my comments, for everyone to see. The most recent pingbacks will be found at the top.

5. Read at least one other person’s blog who has linked back their post. Even better, read everyone’s! If you’re the first person to link back, you can check back later, or go to the previous week, by following my category, “Stream of Consciousness Saturday,” which you’ll find right below the “Like” button on my post.

6. Copy and paste the rules (if you’d like to) in your post. The more people who join in, the more new bloggers you’ll meet and the bigger your community will get!

7. Have fun!

Author: JoAnna

I'm an open minded, tree-hugging Christian who loves creation. After 30 years as a substance abuse counselor, I'm returning to my creative roots, painting angels, and writing a memoir about love, faith and perseverance, and how I learned that there are no coincidences.

10 thoughts on “Friendship First!

  1. Your reunion sounds fun. I often wonder what my old school friends are up to,

  2. Oh, it was definitely fun! Even better than a high school reunion, because it was more intimate and more relaxed. We connected on Facebook or email for the one hold out not on FB, and still share emails and photos. Give it a try!

  3. True friends are a special and precious gift.

  4. This was lovely; I agree that friendship should be the basis for virtually every relationship we have ranging from romantic ones to the most important one we have with God. It’s all about a relationship, not just sets of expectations and rules. Great post and use of the SoCS prompt! 🙂

  5. It’s taken a while for me to learn this, but I’m so glad I did. Thanks for stopping by and leaving kind words!

  6. Friendships firsts! And it seems you really have some lovely and wonderful friends. This is the first step of every relationship we form – friendship! Great thoughts…

  7. I love your message of friendship first! I am also married to my high school sweetheart, although without the lengthy time lag you experienced, and I think our initial friendship before romantic interest was a key to the closeness of our relationship. As you rightly point out, the friendship component still remains vital, even with a spouse and even with God. Thanks for sharing!

  8. Vital is a fitting word to use about friendship. I look forward to growing closer to my partner through friendship, as well as love, over the years as you have done. Thanks for commenting!

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