It may seems, these days, I keep ribbitting the same old song. Perhaps I am. But it's song worth singing; the song of friendship. Friends are awesome. They stand by us when we're at our absolute worst and they love us even when we may not love ourselves. Do you remember your childhood friends? Are you still in contact with any of them? My human "auntie" has friends she's known since she was in grade school. I admire that. Most of the tadpoles I knew in school have long since swum away from Lilly Pad. I think of them fondly and wish them well. Nowadays, we have countless friends, but they are mostly virtual. Many are people we've never actually met. We seem to be loosing our personal connections..those that we actually meet up with and do things with. The bonds of friendship are deep; sometimes they're stronger and more secure than our family ties. We make friends in our neighborhoods, in school, at work, at our place of worship, and in the clubs and groups we join. Friendships help to make us feel a part of something bigger. And the collective is always stronger than the individual. It reminds me of the old proverb, "Birds of a feather stick together." It's so true. We tend to hang out with those that think like we do, enjoy the same lifestyle as us, or have the same religious beliefs. Perhaps we can, and maybe should, branch out and seek others..those that are a little different from us. Dare I say, maybe even our enemies? In these troubled times, it is scary to think of doing that but it could just be what the world needs. Abraham Lincoln once said this about friendship, "Do I not destroymy enemies when I make them my frinds?" At least hink about it. It is Thoughful Thursday, after all. Mr. Lincoln knew a little something about hate and discontent. And if he could believe that friends can be found in our enemies, can't we do the same?
Land of Lily Pad's first published author. I enjoy writing fun and educational books for kids. My blog is for you parents; the kiddos might like some of them, too. As always, everything I write is family-friendly, so don't hesitate to share my messages with everyone. I hope you find them helpful and maybe even inspirational. Cheers!