I seem to have an obsession with topic of friendship. When I searched this blog for the word friendship, I ended up with 11 posts than answered the call. Yet I feel compelled to further explore the subject as it is one that is such a big part of my life — personally, professionally, and for inspiration and guidance.
Being a freelance writer who lives in a somewhat isolated rural setting can be a solitary life if one doesn’t establish strong networks. I think that’s why I belong to a rather large number of professional organizations that provide me with opportunities for growth and professional development, leads for projects, and a pool of wonderfully vibrant people to invite into my life.
I think that friendship is also incredibly important to me because I was one of only two children in a family whose mother passed away when I was very young, followed by the loss of most of my close relatives in the years that followed and the death of my father more than 20 years ago. That leaves my nuclear family with few survivors and increases my need to find love, support, inspiration, guidance, laughs, and travel companions through friendship.
My life is busy right now, marketing Chocolatour, being involved in the “Toastmasters in the Arts” club in the Interlake, keeping the home fires burning, fulfilling other volunteer obligations, and planning future research trips for my chocolate travels.
But I always make time for my friends, and am extremely grateful to have them in my life. Whether we’re in the same room, or communicating across the airwaves, the bonds are there if we continue to nurture them.
What do you do to keep your friendships alive and well in this busy time in which we live? I’d love to hear from you and truly appreciate the conversations we have following each post.