May 3, 2009

World Wide Friendship

The antidote for fifty enemies is one friend.
Aristotle

As the world continues to shrink and we have the chance to connect faster, the chatter seems to go back and forth from tools to relationships and back again. Hopefully you have also enjoyed great conversations and been involved in growing relationships through social media.

But it's much more than tweets and wall posts.

It takes a long time to grow an old friend.
John Leonard

I met Mike in 1986 when he began dating my girlfriend's best friend. When my relationship ended, I called Mike to tell him that it was nice to meet him and wished him luck. Since I was out of the picture, obviously we weren't going to remain friends. Mike said that was a bunch of crap and we were going to stay in touch.

We have never lived in the same town, in fact for most of the last two decades we have lived a seven hour drive apart. We always find a way to get together a few times a year interspersed with regular phone calls.

If I had to sum up Friendship in one word, it would be Comfort.
Adabella Radici

Mike now lives about 90 minutes from me and it hit me Sunday morning that we are no longer that long seven hour drive apart and I can - on a whim - just pick up the phone and do a quick visit. Something I should - and will - do more often.

When I called, we talked for a about a minute and I was on the road.

In twenty-three years, we have spent countless hours talking about politics and music, playing golf and eating great food, helping each other through life's hurdles and celebrating victories. I don't have any blood brothers, but Mike Greg Darryl and Doug are my brothers.

It is the friends you can call up at 4 a.m. that matter.
Marlene Dietrich

Relationships are not blog fodder, they should not be tossed around for comparison to web portals, they are living breathing essential elements of our existence. That includes the ones we form online and in business. We live blended lives and to think we don't affect others while they affect us is foolery.

Do you have friends like Mike? Do you cherish them like gifts? Have you made new relationships through social media channels that are more important than tools or websites?

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