One’s Life has value so long as one attributes value to the love of others, by means of love, friendship, indignation, and compassion. by Simone de Beauvoir.
This week I will be in Arizona with a dear friend of mine. We will be training with Pia Melody from The Meadows and I am nervous and excited at the same time: nervous because I am training with strangers and excited because I will have time with a real cool and kind person with a sweet soul. My friend Donna Tallon is a wonderful therapist and does amazing work with couples.
We are still exploring life domains and values. It has been a marathon. I can only say, “Life is big!”
This week I have a few questions about the values you want to bring to the life domain of friendship and social life.
- What sort of qualities would you like to bring to your friendship?
- If you could be the best friend possible, how would you behave towards your friends?
- What sort of friendships do you want to build?
- What kind of social life are you attracted to?
Ideally . the type of friend I want to be is tolerant, forgiving, compassionate, honest, and supportive. Also, as I meet new friends I look for mutuality. When I was younger, I sometimes rushed into a friendship just to learn it was a one-way street.
With every friend I love who has been taken into the brown bosom of the earth a part of me has been buried there; but their contribution to my being of happiness, strength and understanding remains to sustain me in an altered world. by Hellen Keller.
Grief can take care of itself, but to get the full value of joy you must have somebody to divide it with. Mark Twain. Sometimes you put walls up not to keep people out, but to see who cares enough to break them down. Anonymous.
I will have a funny quote for you on Toons-day Tuesday. Check back and let me know if it makes you smile.
2011 (c) Brenda Bomgardner