I have been the worst at consistently posting my Thankfulness Challenges each week, and I am really trying to catch up and get back on track with this challenge. I think having a mindset of gratitude is so important, and I want to continue to develop that in my life by sharing these little posts and thoughts with you each week.
I have to admit, one of the reasons that I haven’t been sharing the last few weeks is that the prompt for Week 7 has me stumped.
It really shouldn’t seem hard to write about a friend who I am thankful for, but thinking about this prompt has made me evaluate my friendships and the amount of effort that I put into maintaining those friendships (which is not enough, by the way).
I have always been somewhat of a loner. I have lots of work friends and acquaintances, but I have never really had many deep, meaningful friendships that I’ve been able to sustain for a long time. I have had some good opportunities to have these kinds of friendships, but it just seems that my friends and I get busy with our husbands, jobs, and daily life and end up texting each other to say we need to get together and catch up soon until finally we just don’t say it anymore because we know it’s not ever going to happen. We send texts and tag each other in funny videos on Facebook, and that’s about it.
Jeff, on the other hand, has a big group of close friends. They get together to play golf and go running or mountain biking, we all have dinner together to celebrate birthdays, and they have a group text that they have kept going for years. Despite the fact that these guys have jobs and families of their own, they make a consistent effort to be a part of each other’s lives, and I really admire that.
I love Jeff’s group of friends. We always have fun when we get together, and I am thankful that I get to be a part of the group.
One of my biggest regrets is that I have not put enough effort into keeping in touch with my friends and staying involved in their lives as we have gotten older. That’s something that I want to focus on changing this year. I think it can be hard for women to prioritize friendship when we have so many other responsibilities, but friendship is extremely important. Sometimes you just need to talk to a like-minded person who cares about you (because as much as I love talking to my husband, sometimes he just doesn’t get it because he’s a guy and it’s nice to have another woman to talk to). I really want to make time this year for catching up with old friends and investing more into my relationships. I am so thankful for the people that God has placed in my life, and I need to do a better job of showing them how much they mean to me.
What friend are you thankful for this week? Let me know in the comments!