Health coach, Cheri Timmons is here to remind us of the importance of friendships. Like a plant, a true friendship blossoms and is easily revitalized with reconnection, regardless of how much time has passed. Read more and gain inspiration to cultivate and honor your friendships.
The Special Gift of a Nurtured Friendship
As I came home this morning after having a coffee and catching up with a dear friend (outside and socially distanced, of course), my attention was drawn to the true gift of this special friendship.
We met several years ago and discovered a friendship that developed easily and naturally. The foundation of our friendship is built on many shared experiences and perspectives. Both of us are mothers of young children, doing professional work we are passionate about, strong in our faith, married to supportive husbands, physically active and the list goes on.
Over the past 2+ years of our friendship, we have both been determined to meet weekly for a morning coffee. Carving out time for ourselves as women, wives and mothers, as well as to nurture our friendship.
I have always looked forward to our caffeine-filled visits, enjoying the listening and the sharing, the laughing and the connecting. All of which helps me to see life through a lens of grace and gratitude.
My visit with her this morning was bittersweet.
Not because there was no sugar in my coffee, but because this is the last time we will both be living in the same city.
At 52, I am old (and wise) enough to know that our close friendship will not be shaken by the miles that will soon be between us, but rather that this transition invites new growth and possibility in our relationship.
The strong roots that we have established will inherently support the abundance that will grow within our friendship, as we continue to stay connected for weekly coffees via Zoom, road trips to visit her new home and planned adventures this fall.
Like a thirsty plant, a true friendship swells and is easily revitalized with each reconnection, no matter how much time has passed. You find yourself stepping right back into the cadence of your connection, the pattern of your invisible bond.
Take time this week to tune into the special gifts of friendship you have in your life.
Get creative with how you will cultivate your special connection and honor all that you give, receive and appreciate.
A nurtured friendship is one of life’s greatest gifts.
My heart is full!
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Cheri Timmons is a Greensboro Downtown Parks program partner. The work she does with us is critical to providing FREE wellness programming to our park community. As we make our way through these unprecedented times, consider how you might support local Greensboro non-profits like us, as well as local businesses, artists, entrepreneurs like Cheri, makers, and more. We'll continue to bring you free programming through our digital platforms and look forward to having you join us and Cheri back in the parks soon!