How many true friends do you have?  Someone who is not there to judge you, someone who will stick with you through the good and the bad?  As we in the States get ready to celebrate our Independence Day with our family and friends, I got to thinking about this topic.

I’m a fairly outgoing person.  I will talk to just about anyone.  I have a lot of people who I am friendly with, but I wouldn’t call them if I was really in trouble.  I’ve said before, having an illness opens your mind to many things that you really take for granted.  My father, whom not only is a fantastic Dad is also a great friend, always tells me that family is the only ones you can truly trust.  I get what he’s saying, but man I hope that’s not true.  I have a hand full of friends that I know would give me the shirt off their back if I was really in trouble.

It has a occurred to me recently that I haven’t been the greatest of friend in the same way.  I don’t stay in touch with people like I ought to.  I’m not the one to initiate a get together or even a phone call.  I have a tendency to isolate myself at times, not just with friends, but with family too.  It took me a long time and a lot of self-realization for me to figure out that not just me, but all of us need support to get through life, illness or not.  Life is hard!  Man is it hard!  But, the more people you let in, the easier it can become.

I plan on making a very concerted effort to reach out to the close friends I have and the ones that I have let slip away.  I challenge you to do the same this holiday and moving forward.  Our creator meant for us to be together and live life free and with joy.  That’s a lot easier to do with more friends around us.

Have a great 4th of July.  Thank you for reading and sharing, and as always God bless!!

Matt

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