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A Friend in Need

Sunday, December 22, 2013


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.
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    Great blog. Thank you for being an awesome friend to me.
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    2529 days ago
  • -WISPY-
    Loving this Kathi, what a great trip that turned out to be. I have also lost Spark friends who have just ceased to post and I miss those I was close to.

    Just recently discovered one dear friend who had had a stroke and been in hospital for three months. I so wished I had known even though she was on the other side of the world. I was so happy to hear from her again a couple of weeks ago and that she is now recovering and living with her son temporarily.

    Here's to all our friends past and present.

    Love Wispy.
    2529 days ago
    I'm so glad you got another computer. Your day with your friend sounded fantastic!!
    2530 days ago
  • FLAME42
    Friends are soooooo important to all of us. You have such a good attitude and your idea of a road trip was so smart.
    Merry Christmas!
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    2530 days ago
    Amen! emoticon too!
    Sometimes work can be hard and I come here and smile and laugh with everyone! It means a lot! Just what I need. If not for emoticon I would have re-gained my weight + more and quit caring about my health. emoticon
    The support means everything!
    2530 days ago
    Great blog, so nice to have good friends
    2530 days ago

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    2530 days ago
    emoticon "I get by with a LOT of help from my friends". I have experienced the same sharing that saved my bacon many times. I have really great friends and my life would be so empty without them. Friends really are the family we choose for ourselves. I love the spontaneity of your "road trip". Those are the best kind of daze and the best kind of friends!!
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    When life hands you lemons, bust out the tequila!


    It sounds like you made an adventure out of it and had fun all the while. Way to go!!
    2530 days ago
    Agreed. Friends have such a powerful influence in our lives and probably more than they realize. True friends are the real diamonds in life. What a gem of a friend to let you borrow her laptop. I hope you are soon reunited with those friends who have been absent. Have a lovely day. emoticon
    2530 days ago
    What a dear friend that was to offer you the use of a laptop. They do take a little time to adjust to but life is all about adjustments, right? A road trip sounds like fun and you did a few extra things to make the day most enjoyable. Happy Sparking and have a Merry Christmas!
    2531 days ago
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