Being a woman of a certain age – I’ve had many people come and go in my life. They leave my world or I leave theirs. New ones wander in… In recent reflection I have found myself wondering what ‘friend’ really means. In the USA in particular – we tend to bandy about that word rather carelessly in my estimation. Picture someone slapping you on the back – you just met five minutes ago – and they steer you to another and introduce you as “Friend”. Really? Would I even be an aquaintance at that point??
I am reminded today of an exquisite quote by Laurens Van Der Post that offers a descriptive quality of connection, appreciation and nonjudgement that – for me at least – brings to mind perhaps a deeper meaning of “Friend”.
“So healing did I find it – just to be with someone who was obviously glad to see me and to whom it was not necessary to justify myself”
L. Van Der Post
Side note – I am particularly grateful today that I can say – well and truly – I have this experience in my life…