I was thinking about a friend of mine the other day and realized how fortunate I am to have more than one good friend in my life. Friends come in a variety of ways, we never know where or when we might click with a person, but the bottom line is, friendships are irreplaceable. For most of us, friendships are essential. I’m sure you can relate to one or more of the friendships you’ve cultivated in your own life, but here are a few.
Lifetime. I’m sure everyone has that one friend you’ve keep in contact with since you were a kid. They know everything about you; the good, bad and ugly. They know all about your first crush or remember the unfortunate fashion choices from high school. The bond with a lifetime friend is strong, comfortable and priceless.
Long-distance. How about those friend who live thousands of miles away? Yet somehow we stay tuned into their lives. One of my long-distance friends is also my lifetime friend. We may not see each other very often, but we keep up with cards, yearly visits and a phone call or text. When we do see I each other? It’s like no time has passed and we fall into that easy camaraderie.
Family. Some might consider a sibling, a child or parent as among your true friends. For me, my husband is my best friend. Not only do we love each other, but we have fun together. I couldn’t imagine traveling this journey without him.
Work. Oh, those friends who are with us every day at work. They hear about the kids and school and family and everything else going on currently in our lives. They are there when we need a breather, someone to listen to us at lunchtime or just simply to socialize with. Yep, they know a lot about us too.
And for those of us who work at home? Well, I’m going to have to brag on my author friends right here. The Heartwarming authors are a very supportive group of women. I’ve had the privilege of meeting many of you at RWA conferences, or worked with you on different projects. Yes, we love what we do, but because this is a solitary occupation, we need that network of friends in this industry. Some of you I haven’t met face-to-face, only through email, but I still feel that strong bond.
I have two friends locally who have been writing for years and we still get together regularly to chat, not only about our personal lives, but about the craft. I still go to them to brainstorm or call them when I have story difficulties. I treasure them.
Then there is my critique partner, Karen Rock, who I met when we started emailing after the Heartwarming series first launched. We became friends, then started working together and call each other if we've hit a snag in a plot. I’m so very grateful for our friendship.
Church or organizations. Everyone likes to belong and help others. I have a strong network of friends at church who help me through the joyful times in life, as well as the lowest. Whether you attend a church or are involved in the community, it’s the like-minded connection that we can depend upon and grow with.
I’m sure you could think of many other types of friendships you value in your lives. Truly, friendships are a gift we should never take for granted. Call a friend, hug a buddy or email with someone who is important in your life. When you think about it, how could we get along without those wonderful friends in our lives?
Tara Randel is an award-winning,USA TODAY bestselling author of eleven novels. She is currently working on new stories for Harlequin Heartwarming, as well as a new mystery series. Her next Heartwarming, The Bridal Bouquet, is part of The Business of Weddings series and will be released in June 2016. Visit Tara at www.tararandel.com. Like her on Facebook at Tara Randel Books