Friendship can be a funny thing to navigate sometimes. We’ve all had our ups and downs with friends. Some grow closer, some we lose, some we don’t know what to do with and some we wish we had just a little more time with.
I recently got to spend an awesome evening of dinner and conversation with some guys in my life and their wives who I spent the better part of 3 – 4 years meeting with on a weekly basis as we did life together. Encouraging each other and helping give advice to each other in areas of family, career, relationships… It was the one day every week I REALLY looked forward to.
It was 9am every Tuesday at Merridee’s in Franklin, TN. ( not to mention our Franklin Campus Tuesday night dinners we/are epicly great. In fact, Tuesday mornings and evenings were so important to me that I only booked it as a travel day if being gone on Tuesday for work was the very last resort. )
As I sat with these guys and their wives, I looked each guy in the room at some point in the evening. Watched them tell stories, watched them laugh. Listened to them and caught up with them. I realized in those moments how much these guys mean to me. How big of a roll each one has played and still play in my life… and how much I miss getting to being with them on a weekly basis. Even though we all don’t see each other regularly, we make sure and stay connected because our friendship runs deep.
Sure, we keep up with each other on twitter, instagram and facebook – but it’s that real face time that we experience that sweetens the ties that bind us together to be able to share life with each other.
We have all walked through some of the most difficult seasons of our lives together and come out on the other side better for it. Some of our group wasn’t able to be there because of prior commitments. They were equally and greatly missed. So we sat, caught up, talked of kids, careers, friendship, new relationships, old friends and new achievements.
All of this makes me reflect on different friends I have and how I handle the time we spend together. Making sure we make the most of every minute of conversation. That same day I had two other conversations with dear friends and walked away wishing I had more time. I walked away missing them… more than I realized I ever would.
It’s friendships like this that run deep into our souls where we hold such friends in the most special place we have. It’s knowing, I might be thousands of miles away from you or even an hour away, but I will do anything and everything I can for you when you need me for any reason.
It’s here over this next Christmas break and while ushering a new year that I will be taking time to prioritize how I go deeper with who and when… and why.
It’s here I realize and know without a shadow of a doubt. Some friendships are worth the fight and worth the celebration.
It’s here I realize… Friends are that sweetness in life and help us live life in the best way possible.
So to my friends who I get time with and to my friends I wish I had more time.
Thank you for being in my life and pouring yourself into me.
Question: What do your friends mean to you?