Friends are the family in our lives that we choose to have. There is great power and beauty in this concept; friendship brings out the vitality of our hearts and true selves. Too often, we undervalue the role that friends play in the happiness of our soul. Friendship is not something to be underestimated, for every friend that comes into or out of our life plays a significant role in forming who we are, how we feel in the skin we are in, and how we view the world around us.
The best way to have a great friend is to be a great friend. Friendship takes thoughtfulness, selflessness, and presence. You may live thousands of miles from a friend you love, but it is possible to make that distance feel inexistent. My four best friends are very far from me today — Caroline is in London, Melissa in Boston, Angi in NYC, and Gloria in Tokyo, but each one is only a phone call, Facebook message, or postcard away. More importantly, each one has already significantly impacted my worldview and my self-identity so that they are actually present with me consistently throughout my week without even knowing it. These are the ribbons of true friendship.
Friendship is a gift. It is a blessing and brings an incredible amount of beauty to life. Since this is the Beautiful Body Bistro, I’m interested in whatever makes my experience of life just that: more beautiful. No one should ever be too busy for a friend. Slow down your life, savor the conversations you have with others, and give yourself an opportunity to unwrap the beautiful ribbons of life-changing friendships.