My friends inspire me! Sometimes they inspire me in ways that I find so crazy! When I think about those that have crossed my path I am completely thankful. I have had so many different kinds of friends over the years. Those that are in my life for moments, those that are in my life for years...and those that are in my life for all time. Each friend impacts me, inspires me in a different way.
Some friends inspire me to truly be exactly who I was created to be. They allow me to be myself. They accept my mess, they accept my bad moods, and worst ideas. They help me to believe in myself beyond anything I can believe on my own. They allow me to see the good, the value, the worth in my role in this world. They continue to push me even when I am kicking and screaming.
Sometimes I think that we get caught up in competing and trying to be the best, and we forget to just stop and breathe in the differences that make us unique, that open us up to connection in a way that we can only imagine. We don't have to compete, my friends they inspire me to just be me. They inspire me to accept myself for who I am, all my flaws....all my insecurities. They give me strength, and bring out the truth in my authentic self.
“Friendship ... is born at the moment when one man says to another "What! You too? I thought that no one but myself . . .”
― C.S. Lewis,
“There is nothing I would not do for those who are really my friends. I have no notion of loving people by halves, it is not my nature.”
― Jane Austen,
“When we honestly ask ourselves which person in our lives mean the most to us, we often find that it is those who, instead of giving advice, solutions, or cures, have chosen rather to share our pain and touch our wounds with a warm and tender hand. The friend who can be silent with us in a moment of despair or confusion, who can stay with us in an hour of grief and bereavement, who can tolerate not knowing, not curing, not healing and face with us the reality of our powerlessness, that is a friend who cares.”
― Henri J.M. Nouwen,
“Friendship is unnecessary, like philosophy, like art.... It has no survival value; rather it is one of those things which give value to survival.”
― C.S. Lewis,
“I think if I've learned anything about friendship, it's to hang in, stay connected, fight for them, and let them fight for you. Don't walk away, don't be distracted, don't be too busy or tired, don't take them for granted. Friends are part of the glue that holds life and faith together. Powerful stuff.”
― Jon Katz
How do your friends inspire you? Do you have any friendship quotes that you love?