My girlfriend came by this afternoon for a visit. I’m so appreciative of the time we get to spend together.
Our friendship spans more than 4 decades. Almost a lifetime.
After she left, with a bag full of cherries in hand which she had excitedly picked from the blossoming cherry tree in our backyard I started to think about how special a friendship of this magnitude truly is and wondered what the secret is to maintaining such a special bond for this long.
It wasn’t hard to figure out.
Longstanding friendships will stand the test of time, through the many ups and MANY downs; through the many stages and phases and changes, to which there have been plenty for the both of us.
Longstanding friendships involve active and genuine listening; always making sure the other person feels heard.
Longstanding friendships mean always being able to be yourself around one another; that includes the good, the bad and the very ugly.
Longstanding friendships mean always being honest with one another even if it hurts sometimes.
Longstanding friendships mean being vulnerable and loyal; it means showing up for one another with gratitude and appreciation in hand (and an ice capp from Timmies).
Longstanding friendships laugh together, cry together and celebrate the important milestones and biggest moments in each other’s lives together.
Being able to maintain a longstanding friendship, especially ones that span more than 4 decades is like having a cherry on top of your ice cream sundae; it just makes something that is already so good even better.
How long is your longest standing friendship?
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