Friendships on earth are precious and should not be taken for granted. True friends that will stick with you through the hard times are few, and a blessing. If you are blessed to have true friends, count yourself fortunate. Whether you do or do not, you have the opportunity to have an impact on others by being that friend. True friendship should not have any social, financial, racial or geographic limitations. Friendship should not be just about having common interest or mutual relationships. These certainly can enhance friendships, but true friends are ones that have a heart of compassion and understanding that is blinded from the influences of the world.
You may have old friends that you have become less connected to due to yours or their physical limitations. Fortunately, we live in an age where no one is too far away for communication. A phone call or email can sometimes be all that is needed to change the outlook we have about our day. Reminding an old friend of good days past and that you are always here for them, and thinking of them can be the single inspiration needed to positively impact their attitude and decision making. Being a friend does not at all have to be because of past acquaintances. Challenge yourself to become a friend to a new acquaintance, or someone you have not even ever spoken to. You may know of a shut in, or physically challenged person who seems lonely, so reach out to them. Tell them you would like to be their friend and see what kind of reaction you get, most likely it will be positive and rewarding for you. If it turns out that you are their only real friend left in the world, is that not special! Christ set the example to us of being a servant, and what better way to serve than to provide some needed companionship to a lonely soul.
If your acquaintance does not have their mental facilities because they suffer from forms of Dementia, this does not prevent friendship. One word that typically transcends memory challenges is friend. Even if they do not know your name or recognize your face, reminding them that you are their friend can bring them comfort. At Touching Hearts at Home, our professional caregivers offer many services, but one of the most needed at times is companionship. Some of our clients do not remember our names or why we are there, but they take comfort in knowing they are accompanied by friends. This also brings peace of mind to their families. We can be reached anytime at 731-613-2526, or on the web at www.touchingheartswesttn.com.