Anatomy of Friendship
Greeting each other with a warm hug and a caring word.
Sharing a cup of coffee or glass of wine over “how you doing?” conversation.
Digging into what matters most.
Helping each other get through “those kind of” days.
Solving the world’s problems over lunch at the local cafe.
Going to the movies and talking all the way through the previews.
Window-shopping while pretending to have a million bucks to spend.
Running errands together made better by a warm beverage in hand.
Listening to each other’s war stories with full attention.
Attending to each other’s sorrow with tender compassion.
Being there in times of need.
Checking in, just because.
Offering advice without trying to fix even though the temptation is very, very strong.
Celebrating birthdays and loved ones’ milestones.
Delighting in each other’s victories as if they were our own.
Encouraging, challenging, supporting.
Laughing, crying, hoping.
Appreciating each other’s strengths and forgiving each other’s shortcomings.
Carrying the arch of each other’s life in our hearts like a rare and cherished gift.
Sharing the messiness of our beautiful souls with courage and affection.