In The Fabric of Friendship, author Joy Carol writes:
“If I were to name something special that I would want to give every woman on earth, it would be the gift of a healthy friendship with another woman. Women who have strong, genuine friendships feel accepted, affirmed, supported, sustained, and loved, even in the most difficult times.”
I love this book.
One of the most potent acts of celebrating ourselves is spending time with a kindred spirit. A meal shared with a dear friend can do more to enhance our sense of self than just about anything I can think of. If time and budget are constrained, even a companionable cup of tea or coffee can serve as a balm to our soul. In a pinch, a phone conversation will do. Minutes of uplifting dialogue with a dear one who affirms our essence can set our heart dancing again.
I'm off to begin a weekend of good self-care by meeting up with a dear friend. We are having lunch and browsing through two bead stores. I've come to realize that the relationships I have with other women are vital to my growth and well-being. I credit much of who I am today to friendship and to the wise presence of female mentors in my life over the years. I am more patient, kind, and accepting of myself because they mirror this back to me. They embrace me as I am.
How about you?
How have you benefited from having women friends?
What have you learned about yourself through the gift of friendship?
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