“Depth of friendship does not depend on length of acquaintance.- Rabindranath Tagore

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It’s highly likely that you will be able to think of someone in your life who became a close friend relatively quickly – and they still are. With certain people we just ‘click’ and friendships, even deep, long-lasting ones, can develop over a surprisingly short time period. There are people in my life like that – what about yours? 

Sometimes we meet them through work, either as permanent team members with whom we bond rapidly, or as temporary project partners with whom we continue contact long after that project has ended. There are people like that in my life too! So, how does it happen? Well, one suggestion is that these people tick many of our common values boxes – but there’s much more to it than that. What creates deep friendship is also shared experiences.

Recent events revealed to me a new insight into friendship – that it can also be created under the most stressful and trying conditions. Yesterday there was a story in the local news about 600 Ukrainian war refugees arriving in Estonia. 150 of them are seeking shelter – the remainder are staying with family or friends. Undoubtedly, there will be new friendships formed as people turn to others for help, support and loving energy.

I’ve been contacted by a friend from 27 years ago to help two people I’ve never met. Another friend from 25 years ago is offering his apartment to someone he’s never met. In the digital age, it’s easier than ever to develop friendships with people we’ll likely never meet. That says a great deal about the human spirit’s potential for loving connection – and wow do we need that right now! Deep friendships happen when we open ourselves up to them.

So, here’s to new, deep friendships about to be created, through chance meetings and through soul-level connections……peace through superior love power! 🤍

Today’s article then serves as a heartfelt and sincere thank you to all my friends (and to my partner, who was a dear friend before we became a couple – now, that kind of friendship is perhaps the most precious!) The love and support we all share, regardless of how long or short a time we’ve known each other, is needed now more than ever. 

Who in your life needs to hear you say that today? Will you make a point of doing so?

Love and light,

Jim Sharman

04.03.2022 🙏

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