27 Apr Cherishing your Friendships
During my childhood, my parents signed me up to do a bunch of different activities. When I meet new people and the topic of my time as a kid comes up, I jokingly tell them that I had no life. I went to school and then after I got done with school I would have to do some type of activity. There were some days that my schedule was so jam packed that I would have to change in the car ride in between one practice or lesson to the next. Those commutes also became home to the place where I would get most of my homework done. I would just pull out my books, sit them on my lap, and then proceed to get as much of my work done as I could before going to my next stop. And when the weekends rolled around, I didn’t have school to worry about, but I definitely still had lessons and practices that I had to attend. Some of them even ended up lasting just as long as a school day would last.
It was, without a doubt, a lot, but my mom and dad wanted to make sure that I was well-rounded, so they let me try a little bit of everything. This way, once I was exposed to all of it, I could pick what I liked the best and stick with it and ditch the things that I wasn’t fond of. And there was definitely things that I loved and things that I hated. Some of it, like basketball and swimming, stuck with me. Even as an adult I still enjoy watching basketball games and going for a nice swim. Other activities that I did as a kid I hated, so I dropped them as soon as I could. It didn’t take long for me to discover that I wasn’t interested in playing the piano or making clothes, so I only ended up doing those things for a short time. And there were also activities that I had fun doing, but that I stopped doing because of my age. One of those things happened to be Girl Scouts.
I wasn’t a Girl Scout for a long time, but I did thoroughly enjoy my time with my troop. The group I was a part of wasn’t very big, but we were close to one another because of it. We hung out as friends when we had our meetings and outings, but we also spent time together outside of Girl Scout events. Organizations like this can spark a sense of competition when there is such a heavy emphasis placed on getting badges and selling the most cookies, but we never let that get in the way of our sisterhood. There’s a lot that I remember from my days as a scout, but one of the main things that will probably stay with me for the rest of my life is a song that we would sing at the end of each of our meetings.
When the day was done, we would stand up, cross one of our arms over the other, grab the hand of the girl standing next to us, and sing:
“Make new friends, but keep the old
One is silver and the other’s gold
A circle is round
It has no end
That’s how long I want to be your friend”
It was a short song, but the message we sang was so important. Friendship should be cherished. There is no greater gift that someone can give to you than their promise to be there for you and to spend time with you and to love you. And there is no greater gift that you can give to someone else. Yes, it’s true that friends may come and go. People grow apart or choose to end friendships for various reasons, but the concept of it always remains the same. When you get a new friend, you know the basics that this relationship will entail, and your new friend will know this too.
Positive thinker, be forever thankful for the friends that you have. Not everyone is going to want to be your buddy, which is why it’s so important to appreciate the people who do want to spend time with you. So, if you haven’t told your friends lately how much you care about them, make the effort to do so today. I’m sure that it would be a nice surprise that they would be happy to receive!