One of my best friends is celebrating her birthday today. In the spirit of her special day, I just wanted to take a moment and talk about the power of friendship.
“You can’t choose your family, but you can choose your friends.” I’ve been fortunate throughout my life to choose to be friends with some truly extraordinary people. They’re not extraordinary in terms of fame or wealth, but extraordinary where it counts in the depths of their generosity, heart and capacity to love, accept and empathize.
As an adult, I’ve lived in six different states, from Ohio to Iowa, Arizona to Maryland, California to North Carolina. Yet I’ve made truly good friends everywhere I’ve been — friends who see the best in me and want the best for me; friends who will be honest with me without being brutal, friends who celebrate with me when things go right and help me figure it out when they don’t
Friendship is truly a blessing and I have been blessed over and over again. I can only hope that I’ve been as good a friend to my friends as they have been to me.
Happy Birthday T!