As a firm believer that God or (insert Higher Power of personal choice here) puts people in your life for a reason.
Trying to make new friends and acquaintances anytime the opportunity presents itself is a common factor of daily life.
The feeling of being alone and not belonging is one that no one should ever have.
That kind of pain is harsh and sometimes creates scars beyond repair.
We are all perfectly flawed with quirky behaviors, unfiltered responses and off-the-wall ideas.
We can be perceived in ways that aren't reflective of our true selves because people don't take the time to see and understand our true nature.
We all have strengths and weaknesses that make life full of unique and delightfully extreme personalities.
Sometimes getting wrapped up in rushing through life, we forget to stop and be thankful for what we have, a simple and beautiful thing called friendship.
Life isn't scripted, and with joy comes devastation. With happiness comes sorrow.
Sorrow stays longer than you want it to sometimes, and you build walls to protect yourself.
Answers might not be available to questions. Desires might not be fulfilled, and heartache can be emotionally crippling.
During these dark moments, friendship can be a lifeline.
People who love you notice when you are hurting. They let you cry without judgment. They ask you to lunch to make you laugh. They get angry because someone hurt you, etc.
Simply, friends can become strength when you feel you have nothing.
The tendency to shut down emotionally when hurting can be prevented by a smile or a quick phone call.
Friendship is the protective connection that binds us to each other.
It provides us love and acceptance when we can’t love ourselves, and it is the hope when we need, when there is nothing but hopelessness.
The inspiration for this piece was a sweet acquaintance that reached out to me recently.
Life has been difficult for me lately with sorrow lingering and a lot of confusion.
With a simple gesture like lunch, life got a little bit better for a little while.
Be inspired and make a difference to someone.
Be a friend to someone that might need one.
Smile and say “hello” to a stranger; you never know what that can mean to someone.
Be kinder to each other and support one another during struggles.
Slow down and LIVE life; don’t rush through it. Once time is gone, you can't get it back.
Live without regret, because it solves nothing.
Most importantly, don’t push away people who love you.
Life is too short.
Stephanie Thompson is an accountant who lives in Tyler. Do you have a YES! column in you? Just send it to firstname.lastname@example.org.