Great friends are rare and precious gifts.
They enrich your life in subtle, significant and irreversible ways. They listen with interest . . . and understand. They give honest feedback when you need it (even if you don’t ask). They can brighten your day with a not so random act of thoughtfulness.
You are never alone.
They are with you at every point of the journey. They encourage you in the struggle uphill. They shine a light when you are lost. They pick you up when you fall, and they celebrate your victories great and small.
They see right through you, and they know who you really are. They know everything about you . . . but they love you anyway.
We all need emotional first aid kits – or care packages – for the times in our lives when we feel discouraged, overwhelmed, alone or just blue. We can pack them with (1) our favourite songs – the tunes that always give us a lift and the words we can’t keep from singing out loud, (2) inspiring words – from the great women and men of history that help us transcend our circumstances, (3) spiritual wisdom – that gives us a grander perspective and an appreciation of this present moment, (4) your favourite movies – that engage your imagination, inspire you or just make you laugh, and (5) an encouraging letter – from you, a friend or someone else who believes in you . . . and what you believe in.
But the most essential parts of every virtual care package are your life lines – great friends.
One such person is my friend, Vanessa, who shared with me a little book from her own care package, The Blue Day Book – A Lesson in Cheering Yourself Up by Bradley Trevor Greive.
If you’re having a blue day, read this book today. If you’re not, why not celebrate your best friends? Let them know they make a difference!