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The 2014 Farmers Almanac
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The Power of Friendship

The Power of Friendship

Friendship is a very powerful force in all of our lives. From the time we are born until the day we die, the rewards of having friends to share the good, bad and in between are never ending. As we age, we gain the knowledge (hopefully) about what friends are keepers and what friends are just passing fads.

As life continues on its ever-changing path of decisions, choices and changes, friendships live, die and sometimes are renewed. Sometimes I think about the many different groups of friends I have. I have friends from college, friends from work, friends I met through my kids, and friends that I see once in a blue moon. I feel very fortunate to have so many different groups of friends that I can still rely on, still call up and catch up with, and still enjoy sharing thoughts, events, and hardships.

In a few weeks, I am getting together with some friends from college. We haven’t seen each other in a few years, yet I know once we get together, our shared past and desire to take part in the present will allow us to pick up as if we just saw each other last week.

We ran a story a few years back about Friends for Life. A few of our readers shared their stories about how long their friendships have continued and why. You can read some of their stories here.

My purpose in writing this blog today, though, is to remind us all of how important friends are and to perhaps encourage you and me to reach out to friends this year and rekindle or reconnect to a person who may have been or who still is an important part of your life.

The New Year is upon us and one of my goals is to visit with the many friends I have throughout the year and to remind them of just how much they mean to me. I hope you too have a bunch of friends that you can reach out and share good times and bad.

To quote from the movie, It’s A wonderful Life, “…No man is a failure who has friends.”

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