25 years ago we purchased our log home in Carnation from our friends Allen and Leonie Hunt. They are visiting with us this weekend. We remarked how both families have been blessed by our friendship. When we bought their house, we inherited their friends too. That has been a great blessing to us. Allen and Leonie get to come back and visit, staying in their old bedroom, which is our guestroom now. They feel that this has been a great blessing to them.
We haven’t lived near each other and we don’t talk all the time, but when we are together it is a grand reunion.
I am grateful for our relationship. We understand each other and have empathy and compassion for each other. Even though our life experiences have not been exactly the same, we have weathered the storms of adversity and emerged victorious. There is something very comforting to know that we have friends who are completely 100 percent supportive of us and we know we can count on them to help us if we are in need. They understand.
C.S. Lewis said, “Friendship is born at that moment when one person says to another: ‘What! You too? I thought I was the only one.”
Another great philosopher, Winnie the Pooh said to his friend Piglet, “If there ever comes a day where we can’t be together, keep me in your heart. I’ll stay there forever.”
True friends strengthen each other. With true friends we can be ourselves, make mistakes, fall down, and pick ourselves up.
Dr. Seuss wrote, “we’re all a little weird, and life’s a little weird. And when we find someone whose weirdness is compatible with ours, we join up with them and fall in mutual weirdness and call it love.”
I am grateful that I have found people whose weirdness is compatible with mine.
I am a stronger person because of my friends. Without them, I wouldn’t have been able to cope with the difficult things I have faced. They help me laugh at life and laugh at myself, finding humor even during the hard times. I would love to hear how your true friends have strengthened you!
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