Good friends are hard to find. Things were easier in grade school, junior high and even high school. But many years and dare I say decades later…gulp…things are different. The easy friendships that we attained because we shared the same sandbox, same classrooms, same dormitories, many of those are gone.
If you are fortunate, you may still have some of those same friends from years past. The relationships may have changed a bit but like an old sweater, they just fit. You just don’t want to throw them away. You have to work really hard to keep those relationships alive.
But, they are important. So you do.
At times, the heartbeat of the friendship is just a faint, barely an audible pulse. And other times the pulse of friendship beats so fast that there is energy and warmth in every smile, every conversation and every embrace that cannot be denied.
So what is the secret? Is there even a secret to lifelong friendships?
I don’t think that there is a secret per se. But, I do believe that honesty, accountability and empathy go a long way. And above all else…these must be LOVE.
I did come across these beautiful ladies Irene and Alice though. They seem to know a little something about friendship as they have been friends for 94 years. They are centenarians. Wow! Here is what they had to say.
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