Wednesday, October 17, 2012

A Shout Out to All My BFFs

Last week, I saw a post come through via DailyOm that just warmed my heart.

I had been sick for a few days and just wanted to find a hole to crawl up in and be left alone. Due to feeling under the weather, I had been abnormally silent and keeping to myself, which is so UN-Tracy.

Despite not feeling very social, it was so nice to get an email or two and a phone call from a few of my closest buds checking in to see if all was well and why I had been so silent. It made me reflect upon all the amazing women in my life and how much I appreciate each and every one of them.

I am blessed with so many besties and I hope you are too.

Repost from DailyOm

October 10, 2012
Best Friends
A Warm Refuge

Our best friends are a warm refuge in which we feel free to be fully ourselves.

By the time we reach adulthood, many of us have had the good fortune to have at least one best friend. If we have moved around or changed our life situation repeatedly, we may be lucky enough to have had several. The best friend relationship is often our earliest intimate peer relationship, and it can be a source of great warmth and connection throughout our lives. The details of best friendship change as we grow up and grow older, but the heart of it remains the same. Our best friends are a warm refuge in which we feel free to be fully ourselves, to share our deepest secrets, to rest when we are tired, to celebrate when we are happy—a place in which we feel utterly welcome to give and receive that most precious of all gifts, love.

Most intimate relationships hit bumps from time to time, and one of the hallmarks of an enduring best friendship is its ability to ride out the turbulence and remain intact even as it faces changes. Our best friends are those who manage to love us through all of our transitions, as we do the same for them. We find ways to embrace and appreciate the differences that set us apart and offer love and support no matter what. We allow each other to be exactly as we are at a given moment, even as we allow each other to change over time. In this way, best friends sometimes feel like family. We know we will stick together regardless of where our individual paths lead.

We may be on the phone with our best friends every day, or we may not have spoken for a year, yet we know that our bond will be strong and immediate when we do connect. This bond ties us together even when we are apart and draws us blissfully back into the warm refuge of each other’s company when our paths bring us together again.

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