In our writing group we PROMISED each other to write on our blogs on Thursday. I have started this blog seventeen times, and I keep ending up with a blank screen.
So, I did what I had to do. I went to this website (click here!) and found an amazing list of blog ideas. I read through them and still could not decide. So, I let fate take over from there...
I texted my friend Alison and asked her to choose a number from 1 to 500.
She chose #379.
The blog prompt chosen asks a very important question: "How do you feel about introducing friends from different parts of your life?"
Wow. What an interesting topic...
I shared the topic with Alison and quite quickly she responded that she tended to compartmentalize. "Work friends are for work. Home friends are for home."
"What an interesting way of handling that," I said to myself.
Because I'm so not like that.
I think that Alison's way has a lot of merit. It keeps life from getting too messy, too complicated, and too...uncomfortable.
I honestly have a lot of friends from a lot of walks of life. (I'm not bragging, I promise. I sometimes scratch my head and wonder why people even like me, but that is another blog post all in itself..) I love lots of people, and I want all the people I love to love each other and make life super lovely! (Can someone make me a t-shirt with that on it please?) And, sometimes, without thinking I invite like forty seven people over all at once. And, I tend to just sit back and watch what happens.
I remember my first experience with the mixing of friends. I think it was my ninth or tenth birthday party, and my parents let me invite several friends over. That was the first time in my life that I remember understanding what true jealousy felt like. My friends ended up just adoring each other. And, as a side result, I honestly felt left out. I'm pretty sure I pouted, cried and was miserable the entire party!
However, praise God, that as I grew older, the maturity came. Now, when I see that happen, I consider it a 100% success. If I can match one of my pals up in a new friendship with another buddy, that obviously tells me that my friends are so amazing that other people want to be with them too! And, the more my people love each other, the better my life is!
However, I'm not going to lie to you and tell you this always go so well. There are times when certain people just don't mix. And, while that puts me in some awkward positions at times, I also consider it a beneficial place to be. There have been times when I have friends who pretty much can not stand one another. While sometimes navigating those waters can be tricky, I consider it my calling to make sure that I can help them "coexist" if you will. I truly believe that most people are worth the effort to maintain friendships with. I try to show opposing sides that very fact.
Here is an examples of a conversation I may have participated in once or twice!
"I'm not denying that person has been (insert not so lovely adjective here), but I will tell you that she also one of the most (insert lovely adjective here) people you will ever meet."
Oh, yeah. I may also have one or two friends that I try to "prepare" my other friends in advance for their meeting. I mean, there are just some people that it's not fair to spring upon other people. But, even those that take preparation...well, they are worth it. They are genuine and amazing people. I hope someday to grow into the kind of person that takes some explaining before meeting me. :) (And to all my friends who are reading this...don't worry...it's probably not you I'm referring too, okay? And, if it is...well, read this paragraph again...YOU ARE WORTH IT!)
Friendship is a give and take. It's about accepting people right where there are and loving them and helping them grow into a better person. It's about teaching people and ourselves to find "faults" endearing instead of agitating, and to find "quirks" lovable compared to irritating.
I love my friends. And I think that other people should love them too! Especially my other friends! :) People are so very important to me. And, friendship is one of my most valued virtues in the world. I love the richness, complexity, wonder and insanity that comes from mixing all of my worlds at once. And, I mean this with all sincerity---that I hope you get more mixed up in my world sometime soon! I value people, and to me, friendship is beyond priceless. It's a gift straight from heaven.
This. Is. Hilarious!