Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Be A Truer Friend

by C. LaRene Hall

My third resolution/goal for the year was to be a truer friend. I’m starting to wonder what I was thinking when I decided on these things to improve my life. Isn’t my life busy enough without adding other things to it?

Some say that I’m already a true friend, but I know deep down that there is a lot more that I could be doing. I don’t always remember to call those I should. Even on their special day, I sometimes let the time slip away without me making that important call or writing that special email. To be a good friend, it is essential that you make contact on their vital day. It isn’t okay to forget.

I also realize that I should contact friends often, not just when they are under the weather. It’s also important to recognize and speak to others when you are at church or in a store. Yeah, I know it’s easy to be in your own little dream world. Sometimes I use the excuse that I’m a writer, and that’s what we do. That doesn’t make it okay.

The other morning I lay awake thinking of my goal to be a better friend. The more I thought, the more I felt that I was on a merry-go-round.
There was this big circle spinning faster and faster. I didn’t want to get off because then it meant I needed to do something to rectify the problem. It’s a giant responsibility to be a good friend.

As I, lay there thinking I could see many different groups of friends. There were the ones from high school, others from different work places, some from my ward, and others from the stake I belong too. I could also see those that have moved away that I always send Christmas cards to, and the friends that I have recently acquired in my writing circle. I really do have quite a collection. Usually when you collect something, you take good care of it. I guess this is the year to do that.

Somehow, with all the many things required every day, I will still take some time to be a true friend. I will still take time to write and dream, but I’ll try not to ignore the world around me.


L.T. Elliot said...

As wise friend of mine once told me that sometimes we do things as friends that aren't easy or our favorite. We do them so that our friends know that we care. One small thing shows love in a big way. Just like maintaining your car, so too do we maintain our relationships and a little effort often keeps away a large malfunction.

Hang in there. It's worth it and so are you.

Keith Fisher said...

yes you are a true friend. good post

Connie Hall said...

Thanks to you both for being good friends.