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A year of gratitude – Week 17 – A good friend

This week I want to thank the universe for good friends.

By preference I have lived a life of relative solitude. I have had good friends come and go, and I am grateful for the lasting, good memories I have of times with friends I’ve met (and said goodbye to) along the way. Even those fleeting friendships served a purpose.

One of my longest and truest friendships started back in high school over twenty years ago. I was attending a new school and I didn’t know anyone. Everything was different and it was very daunting.

Georgie was also new and didn’t know anyone. We were both awkward young teenagers and didn’t really know how to fit in. Not sporty. Not academic. Not popular. Not arty. Not outgoing extroverts. We soon found ourselves together, ‘matched up’ by other students who also weren’t sure where we fitted in.

We quickly became good friends. She was a great support to me over the years and despite our paths going in very different directions (she married young, I moved far away) we always stayed in touch. We often wrote each other letters via snail mail and spoke on the good old telephone.

We are 2000 kilometres apart now, but I feel closer to her now more than ever. She was the only friend who was there for me in every sense of the word when my babies were born early and my world turned upside down. She was a strong shoulder and a friendly, open ear. She was a comforting hug and a supportive hand. She was, is, a true friend. That is something that I will never forget and I will be eternally grateful for.

Check out the full gratitude challenge here and please consider doing a regular gratitude reflection or exercise of some kind of your own. In these crazy times, there is so much to be thankful for.

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