Friendship

The large group breaks into smaller groups.  The reason being to get to know one another on a deeper level.  The topic being discussed: friendship, which leads to the sharing of personal experiences and probing questions like, what is a friend, who are your friends, do you want more friends, do you make time in your busy lives for friends, etc.

Now, sometimes, I think that I have the best friends in the whole wide world and other times I think that everyone else has relationships that I can only dimly imagine.  I realize that I have had the great privilege of giving and receiving the love of very special people for great lengths of time, but I am painfully aware of the crushing heartache of rejection and/or betrayal and the humbling realization that I’m not such a good friend, myself.

So, I struggle with the next opportunity to become intimate with someone. (Grand definition of intimacy: “into me see”).  Do I really want to be known?  I think not.  I don’t want to be known as much as I want to be understood and assuming that you want the same thing too,  that just may take a little time, a whole lot of stories, and some risk on the part of us both.

I cannot describe friendship but I know what it looks like, feels like, tastes like; and I know that we all need and want it………….kind of like the word LOVE.

5 thoughts on “Friendship

  1. This is such an interesting, heartfelt post. It made me really think. I have many “friends” but TRUE friends… just a few. Another blogger just wrote “Don’t make friends a priority where you are an option.” That made me think too.

  2. Coni Johnston

    Beautiful thoughts Gwen. I also love the “into me see” description. I feel we’re all on a quest for validation and the struggle is worthy of the gift! You and I were friends as children finding our way..now we are friends because we’ve seen each other’s hearts…what a gift you are!

  3. Tonya

    Love this post, Gwen. I had never heard “into me see”, but how true.
    On a separate note…my book group is reading 1000 Gifts this month – based on your recommendation. I know they are going to love it.

    Keep it coming. Continue to challenge us all to think deeper and try harder.

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