After mulling the topic for this post and returning time and again to my earlier post at Clean Reads Romance Café, I decided to stay with friendship, something with which my cautious, introverted self struggles.
Following the publication of my first inspirational romance, Stealing Adda, I was asked to speak at a women’s retreat. Though my talents do not lie in that direction—NOT being modest—I was determined to stretch myself and accepted. But God knows well my struggles and decided to stretch me further. Instead of tackling the topic of forgiveness as planned, I was asked to speak on…friendship.
So allow me to share a snippet of what I shared with that amazing group of ladies:
Webster’s: a friend is “a person attached to another by feelings of affection or personal regard; a person who gives assistance”
Ralph Waldo Emerson: a friend “is a person with whom I may be sincere”
Tennessee Williams: “Friends are God’s way of apologizing to us for our families."
Aristotle: friendship is “a single soul dwelling in two bodies”
One of those definitions is somewhat clinical, one is snort-able, and two are sigh-able. Regardless, one’s connection to friendship is innate and essential. According to a Harvard Medical School study, not having close friends or confidants is as detrimental to a woman’s health as smoking or carrying extra weight. Of course, just as friendships can provide mountaintop experiences, they can also leave us in painful valleys. But in spite of the hurts our friendships can cause, we need them because friendship in its purest form is LOVE. And that’s what we all want.
Next time—a snippet on Biblical Friendships. See you then.