Catching Up

There are no strangers here; Only friends you haven’t yet met.
— William Butler Yeats

Brothers & Sisters,

I've done a lot of writing here about making sure that you keep the people in your life that are important to you, in your life. This can be difficult because so many of us are busy, and our lives are going a million miles an hour, but there are times when we slow down enough and get some time to appreciate the company of our friends. For that, I'll be forever grateful.

Today I was able to catch up with a friend that I haven't been able to tell about the current path that I've found myself on. I also learned that I woefully undervalued the friendship we had. Today as I rambled on about the past 8 months I was part of a broad swath of emotions that I wasn't expecting and was incredibly moved by. And while there were tears of joy in her eyes and a smile on her face, I couldn't help but be in awe of this person sitting in front of me who was showing me emotions that I knew she had but had never seen. There was no doubt in my mind that she was a passionate individual. I was able to witness this every time we were able to work together and was always confident that her passion would make whatever we're working on a success. But today wasn't about work. Today was about life. And she showed me that life is beautiful, meaningful, mysterious and fruitful. I thought it would be interesting telling this story all over again for what seemed like the hundredth time but the funny thing is everyone reacts differently. Today was smiles, tears, and questions, tomorrow might be questions, anger, and resentment. I'll take the smiles, tears, and questions any day!

I firmly believe that our relationships are what help make our lives enjoyable. Here's this person in front of you that you might know things about but not everything and it's entirely up to them if they want to share more. As most of you know, I'm an open book, and you can generally ask me anything. I don't expect that from everyone I have a relationship with, but for those that are more open, you can feel our friendship growing. It's a blessing and a wonderful feeling. Be open so that you're friends see that you're open and perhaps they'll also start to open themselves up more to you. You'll find great pleasure in that, and you might just find someone new to lean on in times of tribulation.

And so my friend, I'm sorry that I made you cry in the middle of the day. Thanks for showing me the real value of friendship and trust. I appreciate that more than words could ever tell you. Thanks for reaching out and meeting me for lunch and not wanting to be strangers anymore. 

Yours,
Jeff

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