“The best time to make friends is before you need them.”

Ethel Barrymore (1879 – 1959)

Ethel Barrymore

Having a good friend to talk with and bounce ideas off of is priceless. Friends are the ones, often even above family who will listen without judgment and help us become moreĀ resilientĀ in a time of difficulty.

Our friends are the most valuable commodity of our lives when it comes to living with ease. They share our secrets and encourage us when no other think what we are proposing to attempt is even possible.

Our friends need to be nurtured and appreciated. They are the sounding board and the guiding light that will help us see clearly when we need the beacon to keep us focused on what is important.

They let us rant and rave; they never hold us hostage for what we have said or done; they are more forgiving of who we are than we are of ourselves.

It has been said “If you can count the number of friends on the fingers of one hand, our are lucky.”

Yet, one truly good friend is more valuable than five casual friends in any case.

If you haven’t done so lately, acknowledge your friends and let them know just how important they are to you.