Notes To My Younger Self:
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You will have all kinds of friendships. Friendships due to circumstances, unexpected friendships, casual friendships, friendships with agendas, friendships that begin when you’re young and last a long time, friendships that are fleeting and run their course and friendships that end abruptly without any apparent explanation. Understand that friendships are complicated and the satisfying ones, take hard work on both ends. You’ll have to respect yourself and believe your feelings have value in order to be honest and not say and do what you think will please others, while being sure-footed enough to believe that friends don’t have to always agree on values or opinions; a delicate balancing act for sure.
It will be important to respect friends for who they are and what they think, not expecting them to be or feel the same as you. If you can accept others without judgement and they, in turn, can accept you in the same way, your relationship will be honest and open— a safe place to connect and share what lies in the depths of your heart.
E.L. Chappel author of Spirit Dance/Storm Makers/Coming very soon: The Surge
“Oh, the comfort—the inexpressible comfort of feeling safe with a person—having neither to weigh thoughts nor measure words, but pouring them all right out just as they are, chaff and grain together, certain that a faithful hand will take them, sift them, keep what is worth keeping, and then with a breath of kindness, blow the rest away.”~Dinah Craik, A Life for a Life, 1859.
aka The Glamorous Wife