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the power of friendship

There are times when all we truly need is a good friend by our side.  It’s more than just that they are our friend.  It’s the years of trust that have been built in that relationship.  The good memories and the hard times somehow solidify the structure of the friendship that allow us to simply be in each other’s presence.

When we have those particularly challenging days, most of us have that go-to friend that we can count on.  It is a treasured thing, to know that someone always has your back; that you matter to them just as much as they matter to you.  That friend who you can tell all your darkness to and still be loved, or just sit nestled up to, alone with your thoughts yet cradled in their love and compassion.

Friendship has the power to heal hurt.  There are no conditions present, no keeping score on who has done more for whom.  There is love and compassion.  There are good times and sadness, yet all of it gets shared equally within that friendship.  Perhaps that is what keeps a friendship alive; the ability to be completely and vulnerably yourself in the presence of the other person without fear of the power of friendship being abused.

Perhaps the power of friendship is that you are accepted, completely for who and what you are, and the ability to give the same back.

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body and mind

With the days getting longer, I can feel spring is just around the corner.  The sun is almost cresting the horizon as my alarm calls me to wake in the mornings, which makes it easier and more pleasant when I start my day.  I am sure that many others feel the same way.

Winter can take a hold on us.  Seasonal Affective Disorder makes it harder and harder to get through the day for many living in the northern hemisphere.  I have discovered how it truly can affect our mood and outlook.  It’s like a seasonal depression that you can feel being lifted with the longer days and warmer temperatures slowly returning to us.  I have also found that taking the time for self care and physical exercise also helps quite a bit.  It gives me a bit more energy even when I think I’m tapped out.

I take that as a reminder that looking out for our physical health is a key factor in our mental health also.  It is a natural anti-depressant that helps me to keep going.  So do what works for you.  Go for a run, take a class, lift some weights, join a yoga studio.  Meditate.  Breathe.  Accept yourself and carry forward.