trying to deserve my friends

I was all prepared to go to bed when something compelled me to read through old blogs. I stumbled upon this old posting by TSO.Yes, TSO is my roommate, and yes, I see him everyday and talk to him all the time, but I miss reading his interesting and insightful looks at life, and found this posting struck a chord in me tonight. I am not sure what struck this clunky, marbly sounding chord that is now lolling around in my brain at this late hour; maybe it was TSO taking into stock all the things he'd accomplished in his travels abroad; or if it was how he demanded a revelation of himself; or maybe it was just the comment that I left, my reply to his post--advice I'd forgotten I'd given...? Who knows?

Whatever it was, reading TSO's blog made me want to take stock of the good things in my life; made me particularily aware of the best thing in my life. I am so blessed to have such great people in my life. I have been thinking of this very fact a lot lately as our friend CJ rejoined the Farm last week, taking on his old role (sort of?), working alongside B1 and TSO. It is in reflecting on CJ's return that I find myself taking stock in the relationships and the family I've created for myself here. I am thinking about how the lives of the people I am honored to call Farm family initially touched one anothers and how we've become interwoven; this brilliant and colorful tapestry. When I left the Farm, over 4 years ago, I left behind some of the best friends anyone could ever ask for, and now, as I look around, I find myself once again surrounded by these same wonderful people; moving forward, supporting one another.

I think it was Uncle Walt (Whitman) who said it best,
"I no doubt deserved my enemies, but I do not believe I deserved my friends."

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