“Friendship is born at that moment when one man says to another: “What! You too? I thought I was the only one!” – C.S. Lewis, The Four Loves
It was our monthly article club (a brilliant idea when no one has time/intention to finish Eat, Pray, Love) – the one where things got deep. Sprawled out on the floor and enjoying our wine and chocolate, we gabbed for hours about the importance of female friendships, about the struggle to stay connected as life moves us around, and swapping stories about the hilarious situations we’ve gotten ourselves into.
That moment allowed us to be vulnerable; thoroughly transparent. Because that’s what friendship does. It allows us to be ourself, and gently encourages us to grow into the people we were created to be.
In a society that emphasizes individualism to a selfish degree, that cultivates ruthless competition and comparison, and pits women against each other…
In an age of Instagram filters and convenient cropping, pretty lifestyle blogs, and too many contouring tutorials (one skill I might never manage to master)…
That sort of authenticity is rare.
Today, I am thankful for the kindred spirits in my life.
I’m thankful for the winding conversations about faith, politics, and Tina Fey…and midnight donut runs. I’m thankful for the gut breaking laughs over some cat video, and the knowing glances when our guilty pleasure Clay Aiken song comes on. I’m thankful for the comforting words and doses of tough love when life throws in a plot twist.
“It [friendship] is the instrument by which God reveals to each of us the beauties of others.” – C.S. Lewis, The Four Loves