There are associates, acquaintances, people you only see “in passing” and people you stop and have coffee with. But then there are those friends that you see more as family. Your heart hurts when their heart hurts, you truly celebrate their accomplishments and if you are a believer, you do more than just say you will pray for them, you really do.
Social networking can sometimes undermine those relationships but it can also build them up. Much like every other object, it’s how we use that makes it either detrimental or beneficial.
The A2Z blogging experience has already been a lot of fun and we are just now winding down week 1. I have had an opportunity to “meet” some new people and read some great writing. I have connected with a few people on Twitter and a couple of those connections might forge into new friendships. But it is something that will have to be intentional on both our parts. It’s not something I can just take for granted and expect to happen on it’s own.
I have friends that I haven’t seen in 10 or 20+ years. We have history together. One is in New York living out his dream that we talked about as kids. The other is in Arizona with a wonderful husband and son and a beautiful home. Both I know, without a doubt, could walk into my home tomorrow and we could sit down with a glass of wine and good bread and cheese and talk until the early morning hours. Friends.
The other side of that are the people I know that are minutes away. We have history and I care tremendously about them, but either because of hurt feelings or misunderstandings never cleared up, they have chosen to go through life without me. It’s okay but it still hurts and I mourn the relationship that was. Perhaps one day that will change, but I still consider them friends.
So how are you investing in the people that you know? Are you spending time? Are you calling? Are you setting time aside to talk face to face? Or do you “like” their facebook status, repin a pin on pinterest, and retweet a comment they made and feel justified? Just something for you to think about this coming week. Wanna go have coffee?
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