There is nothing on this earth more to be prized than true friendship.--Thomas Aquinas
I am incredibly fortunate in the friend department. I have old friends and new friends. Several groups of friends who all get along. Generous friends, funny friends, smart friends, kind friends, far-away friends and quite a few who live within walking distance. I even have a friend that I'm married to.
I discovered recently that this is not the case for everyone. Not long ago, Alaska Airlines had a Facebook contest that asked you to tag three friends in the comments section. Once you did, you'd all be entered to win a trip together. My immediate thought was: how would I choose just three. So, I started scrolling through the comments to see what others had said and what I saw caught me off guard.
The most common comment was: I don't have three friends.
What the heck? How is that possible? And then came one of those shifts that happens when you realize just how lucky you are. In that moment, I felt instant gratitude for my friends far and wide. For the friends who cheer me up when I'm down, who bring me food when I'm sick, who encourage me when I have yet another idea, who make me laugh until I cry.
We all need these relationships--more than we sometimes realize. So, today, my unsolicited advice is this: cherish your friendships. Whether you have one or 100, realize what a gift each one is and cherish it.