There are friends, and there are acquaintances, though often the two terms are used interchangeably.
I believe that the word ‘friend’ should be reserved for a person in your life who has earned it – not from the length of time you have known the person, but from the depth of the connection, regardless of how long you have known one another.
You can have a ‘new, old friend,’ for example, a person who comes into your life unexpectedly that you know – you just know from the first moment – that you will always be friends.
It is a beautiful sight to behold when you witness the ease with which two true friends interact. There is a comfortableness, an acceptance, a fluidity, that comes from trust and a shared history, solidified with humor and loyalty, when two souls ‘connect’ as friends.
At the end of the day, if you can count on one hand the number of true friends you have in your life, you are truly blessed.
Today, reach out to your true friends and tell them how much they mean to you, how much you value having them in your life.