This week I spent some time with one of my truly great friends. Not my 'longest' or my 'closest' friend but absolutely one of my greatest. Sometimes we see each other every week and at other times it's months apart. It doesn't matter, whenever we hang out the result is the same. I feel uplifted, loved, supported and better for having her in my life. I believe this is how you should feel after spending time with a great friend (outside of those difficult times for either of you).
I know this better than most. Mainly because I’ve endured life changing, scary and gut wrenching medical challenges. What you figure out in these times is who is really there for you. So there’s a blessing in that. The people that step up in these times are the real deal. They are reliable. They will be there for you time and time again (no matter how big or small the challenge and amount of support needed).
I am very grateful (lucky) to have an enormous support network. I think of it as lots of mini support groups. First there is my family, they are simply the most important people in my life (and my number one support group). Then there are my best girl friends – I’ve talked about them here before. My work colleagues deserve a mention too. My tribes (blogged about here before) as well. Finally there is the small but very strong group of male friends in my life. Today I want to talk about them.