A Friend in Need
Sunday, December 22, 2013
"NO, NOT AGAIN!"
That was my response on Friday morning when I went to shut down my computer before I left for work. Diagonal lines of diamonds all across the screen, a repeat of something that happened last December. I had this laptop repaired last year but I have the feeling it might be time for a new one. There's no money right now and it's going to take some creativity on my part to figure this one out. So many thoughts running through my brain in the 5 minutes I had before I would leave for work. It was snowing and the roads weren't great so I wasn't going to be able to obsess about it while I drove in; I had to focus on the task at hand, namely getting to work safely.
It wasn't too long after I arrived at work that a friend offered me the use of another laptop but the next challenge for me was how to get it; it was 90 miles from here. Yesterday was the only day that I knew the roads were going to be safe for driving so I had to rethink the things I had planned for yesterday. I realized that there were really no choices available to me; I had to go get the computer and find time later to get the other things done.
Once I came to that conclusion, I decided I had to make it fun. I called another friend of mine and said, "Do you want to take a Road Trip?" We left earlier than we needed to and stopped along the way at all the little shops that we never have time for. I thoroughly enjoyed the day with my friend and was home by dark, ready to tackle the challenges of a new computer.
The power of friendship. What could have been a real dilemma was softened by the help of friends, important friends that help me weather life's challenges and make unpleasant times more enjoyable.
I have Spark Friends like that too and I consider myself so honored to be a part of their lives, to share their joys and their daily challenges. Sometimes when I see that a particular person has posted a blog, I say to myself,"Oh, good! I wonder how they're doing with (fill in the blank.)" They make my world better and I miss them when they're not around. Recently one of my SP Friends was gone temporarily due to computer issues (is it the season for this?) I truly missed them and was so happy to see them return. Another of my friends (one of my first from when I joined SP) has stopped communicating with me. I don't know why and for a while it really bothered me (did I say something to offend?) but I've had to conclude that they're just really busy and had to make some choices. I miss them and hope they know that they make a difference to the rest of us.
Don't ever underestimate the power of your presence in other people's lives, here or elsewhere. You never know what influence you might have on someone today, that you just might be making someone's day better. (And you may never be aware of it. Your words, your support can become truly random acts of kindness.)
There's a real power in friendship, a power that can change a moment, a day, a life. I was a Friend in Need yesterday and my friends honored me with their ability to change my day. I've thanked both of them over and over and now I thank all of you. Thank you for changing moments, days, lives.
Thank you for sharing the power of your friendship.