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Monday, October 23, 2017

Call Your Friends!

 A friend I haven’t spoken to for over seven years called me the other day and said he wanted to thank me. Thank me? I scratched my head and listened with a grateful heart.
“Eve,” he said. “I enjoyed working with you more than anyone else. Thank you.” And even though I wasn’t his manager or supervisor, he called to voice honest appreciation by telling me the work we did together had been fun and interesting. As we spoke, he told me about how he had suffered five strokes and part of his body had become paralyzed. His speech slightly slurred, my heart wanted to reach through the phone to embrace him. Such a talented individual—never a bad word about anyone—a fount of positive energy—he had taken on my enormous workload with a smile. If anyone should be thanking anyone, I should be thanking him.
In case you're too young to remember-
-phones used to look like this.
Do you have people in your life—perhaps among your FB friends who would love to hear your voice? Maybe you have thought about calling them but the busyness of life got in the way? Maybe now that you’re older, you have the courage to call or private message them, simply to thank them for being your friend. In most instances, you will probably make their day. Are you afraid to hear about the knee surgeries, the hernias and the hip replacements? You can respond to the surprises with kindness and prayers and they, I’m sure, will be thankful. The passage of time changes everyone but friendship can be eternal. It’s a flame that begins like a bonfire leaping high with excitement, burning like warm embers and unless occasionally stoked or prodded, can fade like smoke into the night.  

6 comments:

  1. That's certainly a reminder that we need to reach out more often.

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  2. I had a couple of friends and four cousins I wish I'd been able to see or at least talk to before they passed on.

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  3. A really good idea! I haven't talked with my high school friend in ages, although we still keep in touch by email. She doesn't do Facebook anymore. I have four cousins I should talk with as one is 94 years old.

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  4. That was a very cool call for you to get.

    I keep thinking about calling people but I rarely do any more. I used to make it a point to call at least one old friend every Sunday, but I stopped doing that a few years ago. I should get back in the habit.

    My former boss died a couple months ago. I kept thinking I should call him as he was suffering from Alzheimer's, but he was still kind of sharp with the recall of people like me. Sad that I missed that opportunity. We just never know sometimes.

    Lee
    Tossing It Out

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  5. That was a wonderful, sweet and yet sad call.
    Happy he thought of you.
    I am trying to write small note to people to thank them.
    Still can not get your blog on my reader ?

    cheers, parsnip

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