Please Read…

June 5th, 2016

2012I have caught word of too many of my friends passing away recently. No one with whom I am super-close anymore, but friends, and sad nonetheless. I pray for comfort for their families. I thank God for His plan of salvation for us and the hope given through Christ. As a result of this recent news… I have decided there are some things to be said…

Dear Friends from Every Season of My Life,

You are precious to me. Some of you I have only known a short while. Others, I have known since high school, or since (insert event, time or place.) Some I have known my entire life. No matter what your role is or has been in my life, your path crossing mine has changed my life.

If you think you haven’t changed my life, please let me explain. I remember things… specific conversations, things you’ve said, expressions on your face, the way you handled a situation, the way you speak, the way you carry yourself. I remember your smile, your laugh. I remember the joy we shared while we spent time together. Beyond all of that, even if I don’t remember the words you said, I remember the way you’ve made me feel. And even when it’s a bad feeling that you’ve left, I have learned something from it. Everything – good and bad, has shaped me into the person I am today.

I may not get to wishing you a happy birthday – (I’m sorry) – but if your birthday is burned into my brain (yes, even my middle school and elementary school friends) — I do think of you on your birthday. And if I see that it’s your birthday, I do wonder how your day is going. I may not comment on your every Facebook post, or like every picture you put up. I may not check in with you, and I may not call, text, or email you. Let’s face it, like you, I am a busy person. But to be honest, if you’re not an active part of my life now, I miss you.

And — I do see you.

I see you going on vacation. I see you working. I see you spending time with your adorable children. I see you going out for tacos/wings/a drink with an available friend. I see you writing your book. I see you watching your favorite show. I see you mourning your loved one. I see your questions, your advice, and your warnings. I see your struggles, I see your joys, I see your pain, I see your love. Those are my favorite posts. I read words, and tend to skip over shares. I’m kind of over that part of social media. I like to hear about YOU and YOUR life.

I have been blessed with a large network of loved ones. I’ve moved nearly 30 times in my short life, and have crossed paths with too many people to count. Some of which I am absolutely unable to find (on Facebook, Twitter or otherwise.) I am blessed by every person’s presence in my life, however long or short it may have been. Even those who are no longer my friends because of unfortunate circumstances.

I think people are afraid to admit that sometimes – that things are left on an unpleasant note. It’s uncomfortable, right? But it happens. We become “un-friends” because things went south for one reason or another, and we go our separate ways. But I want those people to know something: By the grace of God, I have been able to forgive those who have wronged me… and I pray that those I have wronged are able to forgive me. And I continue to love them as best I can in my human condition.

Dear friends, I love you. I have been blessed by you. I care about you. If you need me, no matter how we know each other, how long it’s been, how far away you are, the state of our last interaction, or what it is that you’re struggling to settle — I. Will. Be Here. For. You. — at the very least, to listen. Life is short, and there’s no telling how short it might be. I will always be your friend. Call me. Text me. Email me. Message me. I will do all I can to help you, even if it’s to listen and pray for you. You are precious to me.

Even if there’s nothing wrong, if it’s been a while (or years,) send me a message — let’s catch up. ♥️


2 Responses to “Please Read…”

  1. Mikma on June 22, 2016 7:53 am

    MIKMA was here

  2. Mikma on July 15, 2016 12:24 pm

    Guess who. Long time no see you

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