One of the most important things we can do I think is make and keep friends. More important than making a lot of money, traveling to far exotic places or wearing designer clothes.
Each day Jon and I go for a small walk in our neighborhood. Gradually over the course of about a year and a half we have started making friends along the way.
Not deep friends that you go out to dinner with or anything like that but friends enough to say “Hi,” to as we pass by.
One lady that has become a fun part of our walk is an older lady who often sits out by the side of the road on a bucket or chair as she smokes her cigarette. For a couple of weeks we passed by and it always looked as if she didn’t want to be engaged in conversation but one day she made a comment about the house being rebuilt on the corner when she saw us standing and observing it.
We made a few comments in reply and went on our way. The road was in between us so a real conversation wasn’t easy to keep up. The next day she was out again and I waved over to her and she waved back.
A few days after that we were walking by (same side of street this time) and I made some small comment about the house and we talked for a tiny bit. We don’t always see her partly because we go for walks during different parts of the day depending mostly on weather.
But now if she is out we stop and chat a bit. It’s very nice to make a new friend.
I think most friendships take time. A smile, a wave, a nod and bit by bit as we become comfortable with each other we move to a deeper stage of friendship. Who knows where this one will end up but I don’t think in many cases it’s something that shouldn’t be hurried.
Small beginnings of friendship. One of the most important things we can do.
Making a Difference
This thinking today comes about in a large part as I try to wrestle with what I can do and what I should do and what’s the most important to do, etc.
Puzzle book, writing the memoir, trying to make an income. It’s all not as important really as just being oneself, being a friend to others and having others being friends back.
- Yard workers showed up today for the first time and making such a huge difference in our yard. They are working so hard! It already looks wonderful.
- Not getting a lot done today but being okay with it. Mostly.
- Working on getting books on Amazon and finding they are already there since they are on Ingram. Nice.