Thursday, June 11, 2009

Will you be my friend?

From our earliest years of life we see the importance of friends. I remember the days in elementary school when we would ask others, “Will you be my friend?” Those were the days, when friends came simple.

Even now, as we’ve all grown in age, friends are even more important. It is friends that listen to our triumphs and failures. With these same people with create some of lives best memories. Next to family nothing can compete with friends, not cars, not Iphones, not the stars in the sky, not even a giant house. Friends are one of the few things that are consistent in this world. When girl friends leave, even when tragic divorces happen, friends are still there.

The best definition of a friend is: someone to share life with. I thank all the people who have been kind enough to share their lives with me.

One of my favorite ways to validate the importance of friends is by examining the lives of celebrities. By definition, a celebrity is a “widely-recognized or notable person who commands a high degree of public and media attention.” Most often this status is acquired from hard work in film or sports; sometimes it is also achieve from successful business ventures. Sadly it takes a tremendous amount of work to achieve fame. Often all the work required to reach celebrity status comes sacrificing both friends and family. As a result all the work to reach this status is nothing compared to the value of friends. If my argument didn’t win you over, please check out the lyrics to ‘Lost+’ (a Coldplay & Jay-Z song, You Tube Link), these lyrics tell the story far to well. Take the time to read through them. The life of a celebrity isn’t all it’s cracked up to be.

The bottom line is that friends are priceless. All the while friends come at a cost, friends cost time. And regardless of what people tell you, time is the most valuable thing you have. The choice is yours: You can either spend you’re your time wisely, or you can spend it in ways you will regret. I pray you send your time wisely.