“The most beautiful discovery true friends make is that they can grow separately without growing apart.” – Elisabeth Foley
I recently had the pleasure of visiting with a lifelong friend. She and I have known each other since childhood, and always seem to be able to pick up where we left off. Time and time again we are fascinated by our differences, and yet we immensely enjoy each other’s company. How two entirely different sets of views have strengthened our relationship and not divided us may be somewhat baffling, but let me explain…
I believe most of it has to do with respect for another’s right to their opinion. I have my own thoughts and beliefs; however, I do enjoy and delight in hearing about another person’s value system, be it from a longtime friend or someone I just met from an another part of the world. I enjoy hearing about how their culture, values, and experiences shape their lives. It’s amazing that on this planet there are so many different life experiences being lived each day in every corner of this great big world.
Keeping my eyes, ears, and heart wide open has allowed me to learn valuable lessons, from those that have seen life from another perspective and set of circumstances. I know the saying “friends of a feather flock together” but sometimes leaving the herd can bring a new sense of wonder into your life. Don’t pass it up!
When you honor the difference in others, you promote peaceful relationships that can last a lifetime, even when they chuckle at your silliness and tell you that buying that tiny box of Angels, (from her very own shop – Zinger’s in Austin, TX) is quite ridiculous. Yet I continue to carry it around with me everywhere I go.
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