I was thinking, as I was walking home yesterday, about the people that hold us together. I don’t mean in an intense, my-life-would-fall-apart-without-you way. More in a text-message-check-in, encouraging, always listening, giving kind of way. The people that weave their way in and out of our lives making connections and building friendships and intentionally colliding with “Oh! You’d get along great with So-and-So, I’ll introduce you!” moments. The network-makers (and I don’t mean in a shady business sense – this is not ‘these people will help your business’ it’s ‘these people will help your heart’) and team-builders.
The people that have ‘been there, survived that’ and anticipate the heartache and struggle and home-sickness and soul-weariness you feel. The people that celebrate with you and encourage you and cheer you on from the sidelines.
The ones who quietly do the carrying and the supporting and the holding up of arms. They are not the stars of the show, they don’t seek out the spotlight or praise from the crowds. They are just there, loving and writing and texting and calling and connecting and faithfully ‘doing friends’ even when we are rubbish at it.
I am so grateful to have a few of these diamonds in my life. Why not thank yours for being yours today?