Lessons I Have Learned From My Girlfriends
For over 23 years I had one best friend. I thought I was happy but as my Mom told me,
“It is better to have a basket full of friends than only one friend.”
I didn’t understand what she meant by this until that one good friend suddenly changed and things went so far sideways I still couldn’t tell you exactly what happened.
Thanks to blogging, I’ve met so many great new friends that have stepped up and not only filled the gap that was left behind but provided valuable insight and varied views of the world. In retrospect, I can see the benefit of many points of view over one single myopic view. Opening up to more people can be daunting, as we are allowing ourselves to be vulnerable but the benefits have far outweighed the risks for me.
My basketful of girlfriends have taught me so many lessons which help me daily and I am grateful for their presence in my life.
I thought I’d share some of those pieces of wisdom with you today.
Be aware of your weaknesses but choose to focus on your strengths.
Try to make one person laugh every day.
Decorate you life as your canvas and don’t be defined by your limitations.
Have fun! Who cares if people stare?
Consider what you say carefully before expressing yourself.
Show kindness and empathy to all.
An excellent listening ear and a good sense of humour are traits everyone appreciates.
Small tokens of thoughtfulness are never out of fashion.
No matter how well you think you know someone, even after many, many years, you never really know them.
Do you prefer one best friend or a basket full of friends?