I am feeling proud of myself this year! So far, I have arranged to spend time with five friends that I haven’t seen for ages – well over a year. It is so easy to let friendships drift in our busy lives, and my friends are very tolerant – they stay friends even through the periods of non-contact.
One of my dear friends died before Christmas, and I hadn’t seen her for about five years, although we had talked on the phone – too much hassle to arrange to go and visit, and now it’s too late. I vowed to make sure that much of a gap didn’t happen with any other friends, looked at who I hadn’t seen for ages, and started planning.
These people have shared chunks of my life, often been vital in lifting my spirits, and loved me at my best and my worst. They deserve a little effort on my part! And there is great pleasure for me in re-connecting with them, catching up, sharing our stories. Friends matter and cannot be taken for granted.
Who have you drifted away from? Who would you enjoy seeing again? Do find a little time to arrange to meet up with them – it’s worth it.