‎”Each friend represents a world in us, a world not born until they arrive, and it is only by this meeting that a new world is born.”
Anais Nin

I have been thinking a lot about how my life has had different friendships that have littered my path. 

littered. happy bits, some sad moments and occassionally what feels like our heart has been stomped on. but as i thought about the many friends i have gathered here and there, over the years i found a smile forming on my face. even through the rough moments, i am smiling. That is how friendships work.
Some last, some don’t but with each experience we gather newness. New love, new thoughts and some times a new pain when things don’t turn out to be quite of a good thing as you imagined.

What i love most is that i can look back and smile. Even when i think of my dearest friend of thirty years who has now parted from my life. Yes, it hurts – but just being able to smile at the thought of all those times we laughed until we were sick, or defended one another when necessary – it is simple, how can you not give thanks for the light that was shown at that time.

Each time a new soul enters our life, a new world is opened. Each time something goes awry, we have a choice on how we are going to hold that space. Reading the words of Anais Nin, they surrounded me with this vision of light with each friend, good and bad and the world that was opened when they entered my day.

Yesterday, I turned a ripe young 48. The day and through the next week is filled with many obligations and deadlines, but taking a little time to think about how each soul who has graced my life has opened me to a new world. Wow. Pretty dang luck and thankful for you.