“It’s not nice to be selfish…”
It has been more than 2 months since I wrote a blog post. These months have been fraught with extremes in my emotions, as I have tried to process some of the relationships in my life and determine which ones matter. I suppose we all have these moments, times when circumstances force us to realize who needs to stay in our lives and who we need to sever. I’m in the process now, of both bonding and severing.
I remember when I was a little girl, my sweet Mama teaching me how important it was that I learn to share. “Share your toys, Leslie…” “It’s not nice to be selfish…” Being selfish might feel good for a minute, but sharing feels good forever.
A stark, beautiful and painful thing has come to light for me in this process…some people just won’t share. Anything. Not time, feelings, words, truth. As painful as it has been to try to salvage a “friendship” that turned out never to have been genuine in the first place, it has been liberating and beautiful to compare and contrast it to the ones I cherish that are, indeed, the “real deal”. So more than being sad over what is not, I am happy for what is.
I am happy for the friend who, among other caring gestures, always wants to know I got home safely after we’ve shared supper and said good night.
I am happy for the lifelong confidante who shares what my company does for her.
I am happy for the new-ish friend whose genius I admire, whose goofball humor I enjoy since it is much like my own, and whose insight I take to heart.
I am happy for the friend who sings, laughs and cries with me, who stops when he finds a feather and picks it up to bring to me when we see each other just because he knows that feathers bring me joy.
And I am happy for the friend whose love for me is abiding, selfless and genuine.
So, when I have friends in my life, LOVE in my life, like this…why in the name of all that is sacred would I ever settle for anything less? Answer: I won’t. Never again. Love like this gives me the strength I need to sever from my life the people who don’t care for me. Because this…this is connection as it should be. This is love…Shared.