“Choose your friends wisely. They will bring you UP, or they will bring you DOWN.” I said that to my son when we lived in the big city pretty regularly. Enough that I’d receive the automated eye roll by the time he reached his late teenage years but also enough that i know he remembers it and perhaps, just perhaps he thinks about the character of people he calls his inner circle.
I am pretty fortunate in that I met my best friend when we were young girls still and I would walk through fire for her to this day. She would do the same. When I moved to the country to the North, life circumstances and work brought her and her family to the South. We are still as close as we ever were, perhaps even closer now spiritually and emotionally now that we are errr 29-ish, but it has been tough being so geographically distant from her when we have lived so close in the big city that you could almost throw a rock and hit each other’s home. It is challenging if not near impossible to reproduce friendships as an adult like those you develop as young children and teens. Occasionally, you come close.
Since moving to the country, I have met some people I consider to be good hearted, salt of the earth, solid-character people. They are self sustaining, hardy, non whiners, who live life pretty simply and they are the type that send you home with a fresh carton of eggs their chickens just laid and a large bag of berries they picked from their own berry bushes.
My husband and I drove a few hours from our home yesterday to deliver some steers to a wonderful couple who raise the same type of heritage grass fed beef cattle we do and who live in a very small country town. We got to spend a few hours with them and their children, laughing and chatting over an amazing and robust meal. We talked about family, cows, children, cows, golfing, cows, spa treatments, cows, traveling to Italy, cows, cooking, cows, and laughed over life! After leaving for the drive back to our home in the fog and snow, I thought, “I wish we all lived a bit closer” and my mind wandered back to the statement I used to make to my growing son. I do believe that like minded people attract other like minded people and people either bring you up or down. It makes my heart warm to know such good people in my life and to know they are out there, near and far.
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