Friendships~~~Susie Austin

November 17

The only way to have a friend is to be one.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Today I am reflecting what friendship is and what it means to have true friends. I have to smile as I asked my eight year old daughter her thoughts. We can learn much from the innocence of children. She is having a sleepover tonight with a friend who she does not get to see often as she goes to a different school. It might as well be a different country as far as third grade children are concerned. She has been beside herself all morning preparing by doing her chores making lists and planning their activities. She bought her a gift and wrapped it three times before she was satisfied. I  smile while watching her excitement in anticipation of the evening ahead. Do we as adults show the same excitement towards our friends? Maybe we should consider this more?

Today I would like to encourage everyone to think of their friends and how they treat them. I would also like for you to look at how you teach your children to reach out to friends and family. Today my hero is my sister in law who is always there when I needed her and even when not. She has taught her children well as they have the learned and have become compassionate, caring and responsible adults that I am proud of. My deepest sympathy as she recently lost her own sister. She is a true sister, always here for me and never asking for anything in return.

Please think of who some of the heroes and friends in your lives. Tell them how much you care and appreciate what they do, and have done for you. A true hero is someone who lights the way for the rest of us. It is our responsibility to pay it forward and light the way for others as this is the way we can make a difference in our world.

Susie Austin



~ by coachsusie on November 17, 2008.

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