The lifelong values and joy of good friends

A long time buddy sent me an email last week wishing me a happy Friendship Week, and encouraging everyone


A long time buddy sent me an email last week wishing me a happy Friendship Week, and encouraging everyone to send the same greetings to all of our cherished friends of yesterday and today. Taking nothing away from the wonderful leadership, support and occasional tough love that we received along the way from our amazing parents and family, most of us would definitely admit that without the countless friends, characters and experiences that we all have shared, we may not have survived or turned out as well as we have..

The Hammer will be the first to confess that I made quite a few mistakes along that exciting and topsy turvey road from tots to teens to adults, quite often putting play ahead of priorities, but I can assure you that I was never alone in that great adventure.  All of us, through the best and the worst of times, have surely received the support and encouragement of friends and folks of all ages and walks of life that we have been so lucky to have rubbed shoulders with.  We should be proud to look back and be assured that the precious friendship and interaction with others has helped us in many ways to become a better person, and to be hopefully looked upon as a pretty good wife, mom, sister, grandma, husband, dad, brother and grandpa, as well as a trusting and loyal friend and neighbour. Here are some of the joys and lessons that we have been blessed to learn along the way, and should always strive to share with others as much as we can throughout our lives.

We have learned…

● That the best classroom in the world is at the feet of an elderly person.

● That when you’re in love, it shows.

● That just one person saying to us, ‘You’ve made my day.’ will always make our day.

● That having a child fall asleep in our arms is one of the most peaceful feelings in the world.

● That being kind is more important than being right.

● That you should never say no to a gift from a child.

● That we can always pray for someone when we don’t have the strength to help them out in some other way.

● That no matter how serious or busy our life requires us to be, everyone needs a friend to act goofy with.

● That sometimes all a person needs is a hand to hold and a heart to understand.

● That the simple walks with our father or a best friend around the block on summer nights when we were children did wonders for us when we became adults.

● That life is like a roll of toilet paper…the closer it gets to the end, the faster it goes.

● That we should be glad that God doesn’t give us everything that we ask for.

● That money doesn’t always buy class.

● That it’s those small daily happenings that make life so spectacular.

● That under everyone’s hard shell there is someone who wants to be appreciated and loved.

● That to ignore the facts does not change the facts.

● That when we plan to get even with someone, we are only letting that person continue to hurt us.

● That love, not time, heals all wounds.

● That the easiest way for us to grow as a person is to surround ourselves with people who are smarter than we are, then listen, and ask lots of questions.

● That everyone we meet deserves to be greeted with a smile, which will hopefully encourage them to return the favour.

● That no one is perfect until you fall in love with them.

● That life is tough, but we must be tougher.

● That opportunities are never lost, because someone else will take the ones we missed.

● That when we harbour bitterness, happiness will usually dock elsewhere.

● That many of us wish that we could have told our mother or our father or a family member that we loved them one more time before it is to late.

● That one should keep their words soft and tender, because tomorrow, we may have to eat them.

● That a smile is an inexpensive way to improve our looks.

● That when our newly born grandchild holds our little finger in their little fist, we are hooked for life.

● That everyone wants to live on top of the mountain, but all the happiness and growth occurs when we are climbing it.

● That the less time we have to work with, the more things we will get done.

● That we should always try to meet new friends, but we should always make an effort to keep in touch with our old friends….just a short visit for coffee, phone call, letter, card or email, and we should never push away the people who really care about us, because one day, they won’t come back.

Please cherish the true meaning of Easter to the fullest, don’t forget some treats for the kids, and have a great week, all of you.