I have a few people in my life that I would lay down my life for if they needed it.  They have been added to my life at various times and have weathered many a challenge in my life and I in theirs.  They have been there for me and I for them.  That, to me, is a friend

Friends arrive for many reasons in my life.  A shared interest, a common past, a hobby, or just because I need that person at that particular time.  Each brings something new and special to the equation and to my life.  Each is unique and special in their own right.  That is what makes me love them. 

I make friends somewhat easily.  There never seems to be a stranger in my life for long.  I have no qualms about walking up and saying “hello!”.  I have met some interesting characters that way.  I try not to judge, but put myself in their place.  That has gotten me a long way in my life.  Some of the greatest outcasts have been my great friends.  People that no one looked at twice were such great people.  That has made my life so very rich.

I was never one that wanted to be popular, it just kind of happened.  Since I made friends with everyone regardless my circles were large and far reaching.  In high school I was more popular than the most popular kid.  That was because I befriended the nerds, geeks and dweebs, too.  To me all people are interesting and have a story to share if we take the time to listen. 

I won’t wax on today, but will share this writing that has always expressed to me why certain friends move into and out of our lives.

When someone is in your life for a REASON, it is usually to meet a need you have expressed outwardly or inwardly. They have come to assist you through a difficulty, to provide you with guidance and support, to aid you physically, emotionally, or spiritually. They may seem like a godsend, and they are. They are there for the reason you need them to be. Then, without any wrong doing on your part or at an inconvenient time, this person will say or do something to bring the relationship to an end. Sometimes they die. Sometimes they walk away. Sometimes they act up or out and force you to take a stand. What we must realize is that our need has been met, our desire fulfilled; their work is done. The prayer you sent up has been answered and it is now time to move on.

When people come into your life for a SEASON, it is because your turn has come to share, grow, or learn. They may bring you an experience of peace or make you laugh. They may teach you something you have never done. They usually give you an unbelievable amount of joy. Believe it! It is real! But, only for a season.

LIFETIME relationships teach you lifetime lessons; those things you must build upon in order to have a solid emotional foundation. Your job is to accept the lesson, love the person or people involved; and put what you have learned to use in all other relationships, and areas of your life. It is said that love is blind but friendship is clairvoyant.

Truer words have never been spoken.  Maybe now you should go and hug your friends.