Come and Go Blues

Have you ever thought about the people who populate your life? I’m talking about ALL the people, those you’ve known from your earliest memories, to your most recently-created friendships. I was thinking the other day how some people we get to “keep” throughout our lives, and others we only get to “borrow.” While family members are some of those whose relationships will often last a lifetime, I’m thinking more about friends and acquaintances. Are you lucky enough to still be close with your first childhood friends? Have you created bonds with others as you have matured? How long do those…

Friends

Friends Who Stand the Tests of Time and Absence

(DEDICATED TO OUR DEAR FRIEND G) There are many variables which can help determine the substance and nature of long-term relationships, both personal and professional. I remember my daughters’ pediatrician asking the girls during their annual check-ups, “Do you have one really close friend or lots of regular friends?” That always struck me as an important question, and one that I can answer unequivocally. I would much rather have a few very close friends than tons of plain acquaintances. As the years progress, I see that I live that mantra. Sometimes the close friends have been important since childhood (shout…

hidden talent

A Little of This, a Little of That

Do you remember Flat Stanley, a two-dimensional boy in children’s books? Here’s something to consider: there are very few “Flat Stanleys” in the world, and that is a good thing! So many people are “multi-dimensional,” good at more than one thing. However, at work, or at home, or as a friend, it is sometimes hard to see what that “other thing” that they are good at actually is! People have hobbies, outside interests, and skills learned as children or in previous jobs. If one digs a bit deeper than the surface, one can discover all sorts of hidden talents among…