It’s time to celebrate because it’s Best Friends Day! What? There’s a day for that? Yes, there is, and today is the day to pick up the phone, type an email, send a text, or just hang out with your best friends to let them know how much you appreciate them being in your life!
According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, a friend is one attached to another by affection or esteem. You may find that you have many friends over the course of your life, but only a few will truly have the honor of being your best friend. It’s not an award given by an academy. It’s not decided by the number of votes received. It’s an honor that can only be bestowed by you.
St. Thomas Aquinas said, “There is nothing on this earth more to be prized than true friendship.” That’s a pretty powerful statement coming from a highly educated individual. But you don’t have to be a scholar to know that the value of friendship is immeasurable. Whether you vocalize or sit in silence, your best friend knows what you’re about and loves you in the sunshine of life AND the rain. And if you’ve had the same best friend for many years, as I have, you’ve probably worn out a few umbrellas together!
Regardless of where life takes you, true friends know neither time nor distance. Whether your best friend is 1,000 miles a way or just a mile up the road, it’s comforting to know that someone cares far greater than any time or space could diminish. Elisabeth Foley said “The most beautiful discovery true friends make is that they can grow separately without growing apart.”
I hope you take some time today to let your best friend know how special their friendship is to your life, your happiness and in this crazy busy world, your sanity.
I ran across this poem by Helen Steiner Rice. Enjoy!
A Golden Chain
Friendship is a Golden Chain,
The links are friends so dear,
And like a rare and precious jewel
It’s treasured more each year…
It’s clasped together firmly
With a love that’s deep and true,
And it’s rich with happy memories
and fond recollections, too…
Time can’t destroy its beauty
For, as long as memory lives,
Years can’t erase the pleasure
That the joy of friendship gives…
For friendship is a priceless gift
That can’t be bought or sold,
But to have an understanding friend
Is worth far more than gold…
And the Golden Chain of Friendship
Is a strong and blessed tie
Binding kindred hearts together
As the years go passing by.