“There is nothing better than a friend, unless it is a friend with chocolate.”
― Linda Grayson
Friendship is a beautiful thing. It can get you through the hard times, the sad times, the good times, the bad times. Right now I have those lyrics from The Beatles playing in my head.
“What would you think if I sang out of tune,
Would you stand up and walk out on me.
Lend me your ears and I’ll sing you a song,
And I’ll try to not sing out of key.
I get by with a little help from my friends.”
Anyone who truly knows me, knows I cannot carry a tune to save my life. I’m the person trying to sing at the top of my lungs and you think a cat is crying somewhere. Yet, I’m in the car belting out at the top of my lungs a song that comes on. More days than not, I have my iTunes on shuffle as I’m trucking down the road on my 45 minute drive to work or home.
However, regardless of the fact that I can’t carry a tune, my friends still love me. How grateful I am for them too. Recently I participated in the ALS ice water challenge after being called out by one of my best friends. I was shocked when she did it, but hey okay. I got this. So I did. When it was over and done, I called out some more friends and as of today, they have all participated by either donating money or taking the challenge.
As I think about friends, I stop for a moment and take inventory. And do nothing but smile.
“Do not save your loving speeches
For your friends till they are dead;
Do not write them on their tombstones,
Speak them rather now instead”. – Anna Cummins
Rachel who gave me my love for Counting Crows, Dave Matthews and Sting. Her arts and craftiness is what I want to be like when I grow up. We were separated for a few years, not speaking and to have her in my life again is just gold.
Gina, who started out as my underwriter when I lived in Cali. She now lives in Texas with her beautiful family. Just knowing she is my friend and she is there for me, my day brightens. I can’t say how much I adore her and cherish her friendship. I just think about the trips to Mrs. Fields and smile. Not for the memory of the cookies, but the memory of the friendship and talks.
Stephanie who is just the best. I know we started out with a rough beginning, but now, I wouldn’t trade her for all the riches in the world. House in Tahiti? Lifetime in Paris? Nope. Not giving up my Steph. She is just that awesome. Even if she was the one to call me out on the ALS challenge LOL.
Marcy aka Miss Fashionista. We go way back. Back in the day when they still had message boards. Our love of reality TV brought us together and since I met her in person (back when I lived in Cali) my life has never been the same. A good same mind you. She’s had some rough times the past few years and I keep hoping things improve. However, through it all, she holds her head high and rocks on. I am in awe of her strength. If you have seen me throw a shoe at the TV or threaten to, well now you know where I get it from.
I by no means want to single out anyone special because I have so many others. I could go on for days. Kris, Caren, Brandee, Katy, Jer, Ryan, Greg, Judy, Julie, Kim, Syda, and anyone else I haven’t mentioned.
I am blessed beyond measure with the gifts of your friendships and love.
I love and cherish you all.
“The glory of friendship is not the outstretched hand, not the kindly smile, nor the joy of companionship; it is the spiritual inspiration that comes to one when you discover that someone else believes in you and is willing to trust you with a friendship. – Ralph Waldo Emerson”
Thank you for being in my life and being my friend. On that note, I am going to go have a cup of tea in all of your honor and just bask in the beautifulness that is this life.
Donna’s Twitter bio describes her as: “Southern and loud! She loves her Crimson Tide, Marvel Comics, Thai food, Martinis, old movies and books, LOTS of books”. Her journey towards empowerment & wellness began a couple of years ago when she stepped off a curb and broke her left ankle, both bones. She became aware, then and there: her body was telling her something had to change!
Since then, Donna has listened to her true spirit. When she’s not fabricating gorgeous quilts, spending time with good friends, her new hubby or writing on her blog, Donna takes the time to make herself a hot cuppa tea and truly listen to her body and its needs.