I haven’t always been good at being a friend. I get crazy ideas in my head that I think will be fun, but sometimes they don’t work out so well.
Case in point: One year there was an observance where my friend, who lived across the street, and I exchanged gifts. I was about 7 or so. I thought it would be really cool to put the gift on her doorstep, ring the bell and run. So I did.
She, on the other hand, delivered my gift to my mother. When Mom found out what I had done, she gave me a stern talking to.
What made it worse was that my gift was something forgettable — I can’t even remember what it was. And what she gave me was a little book called The Gold of Friendship, which I loved so much I have it to this day. I’ve even been known to quote from it.
Well, I’m older and (hopefully) wiser now. And although I’m not the most proactive of friends, I can really be there for my friends when they need me.
Case in point: Yesterday, a friend of mine was having a minor meltdown, feeling frustrated and inadequate. Well, let me tell you, she’s about as far away from inadequate as they get. So I listened, talked her down, and by the end of the conversation her mood was completely turned around.
That’s what a good friend does. A good friend is your cheer leader, someone who sees the gold in you and lets it shine. That’s something I do very well — and is probably why I’m a good coach, too.
Now Its Your Turn
So yesterday, I celebrated my ability to be a good friend. How did you celebrate you yesterday? Did you do something fun? Did something special happen that made you go, “Wow”? Please share your celebrations in the Facebook group and/or in comment below. You are worth celebrating!