Question: How many of your friends live either a long drive, or a flight, away from you? The odds are that one, or more, of your dearest friends do not live in the same city, state or country that you do. But the distance doesn’t mean these friendships aren’t strong and thriving, because you truly care about one another.
These are the friendships which are the foundation of our lives. No matter how they began —in childhood, school, on the job, through mutual friends or family members — we know these friendships have stood the test of time and distance. And, when we do connect, we can trust that we will pick up where we left off, as if no time had passed.
The article, What I Want My Long Distance Friend to Know, is a heartfelt letter of caring and appreciation of the staying power these friendships have, and their importance of these friends in our lives.
It’s a bit ironic that our devices provide so many ways to stay in touch, with texting, messaging, Facetime, Facebook Live and other apps and capabilities. Although they give us a way to have a quick check-in, the pace of life might still leave us little time for them. But, just a brief “Hi! Thinking of you today,” might be all that needs to be said to be meaningful.
It’s all about letting these true friends know we care and that they’re important to us. With the return of the Backstreet Boys (for better or worse, depending on your musical taste) the lyrics of “I Want It That Way” can be rephrased as: “No matter the distance, I want you to know, that deep down inside of me. You are….” my true and cherished friend.