Monday, April 25, 2016

FRIENDSHIP SNIPPET #4

She's baaaack! In Friendship Snippet #3, I listed three broad types of friends. Now, before we consider the three levels of friendship, I must tell you about a cup I bought 30 years ago—not because it was beautiful, but because of the words printed on it that spoke to my depths: “Some people come into our lives and quickly go. Others stay for a while and leave footprints on our hearts and we are never ever the same.” Flavia. Still makes me sigh…

So, back on track. Here are the three levels of friendship:

Some are for a Season—You love each other, but after a while you go your separate ways (move, develop different interests).

Some are for a Reason—You work together on a church/school project that provides closeness and camaraderie when needed the most. However, when reason is gone, so is the friendship.

Some are meant to last a Lifetime—Usually, only a rare and precious few fit this category. With these “kindred spirits” we share the details of our life, goals, spiritual pursuits, difficulties, and sorrows. These friends know things no one else knows and can be counted on to keep confidences. Well…providing you chose them wisely, and I certainly haven't always done so.

Well, that’s it for now. Next time, we’ll go deeper and wider. See you then!

6 comments:

  1. I'm loving these friendship snippets!

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  2. Love it! I have a sister in law who doesn't seem to understand that. She is constantly on the lookout for that "perfect" friend and tries to keep ALL people in her life. It's hard on her and I see her suffer. I need to share that quote with her again and try to help her see that. Thanks for sharing!!! I love that quote.

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    1. My pleasure, Susan! Thank you for dropping by and commenting. Makes me smile :)

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    2. Here I am again Tam! And I certainly agree with you (again). I love the levels of season...reason... and lifetime. It reminds me of Ecclesiastes - "to everything there is a season and a time for every purpose under heaven." I like to "think" that everyone I meet might be a lifetime friend - but the reality is more along the lines of what you have stated. For those that trust me with confidences and inner struggles, I like to ensure them that I will keep their confidences and be a trusted friend no matter the depth of the friendship. As we say here in the south - "What's said on the back porch, stays on the back porch." LOL Thanks for sharing your insight on friendship!

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    3. Hiya, Pam!
      Thank you for stopping by and sharing your personal experience. You're a blessing to me.

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