Good Family and Friends are a Scarce Commodity
While living in the United States there were six months out of the year that I yearned to be in Anguilla. They were the cold months and although I enjoyed the experience, there were many days when I imagined myself splashing in the warm, blue-tinged, crystal clear water of Rendezvous or Meads Bay. Therefore, I told myself, whenever I returned to the islands, I will make good the privilege of living on an island and I will never, ever take sea-bathing for granted.
For the past couple of weeks, I have kept that promise to myself and today, as I drove back into my yard after exercising and sea-soaking, the thought came to mind – “Life is short and good family and friends are a precious and scarce commodity”.
You see, I went to the beach alone and except for when I am home with my family, most of my time, if I were to take note of it, is spent by myself. I have no family here but there’s more to it than that.
I am a pastor’s kid and when we were growing up my mom had an experience that caused her to become overprotective. My dad had migrated to another island and she of course joined him. Therefore, she also did not have any family close by. What she did was kept us very close so that we would not get hurt as she did, but the result of that was both positive and negative. On one hand we did and still do not really need company to be happy; but on the other hand, when we did go out as teenagers and even young adults, we were socially inept.
Despite the negative, I have matured, and I am no longer socially inept, but I have also grown to appreciate that if I don’t have company, I am quite fine. Also, in a community where, human beings can sometimes be quite mean for no apparent reason, being able to enjoy your own company is a gift.
Be that as it may, God has blessed me with some precious family and friends for whom I am so grateful. So, here is what I have to say.
Life is short. We have been given 70 years and by reason of strength, 80. When you stack that up against time that has gone and the time that will be after you exit the scene, 70 to 80 years is a drop in the bucket. Therefore, the moment that you have right now, is precious.
Good family and friends are precious and a scarce commodity. If it were not for good family and friends that covered and supported me over the past two years, I don’t know where I would have been. So, believe me when I say, I know the importance of having people in your life that get you and still love you.
I thank God for the opportunity to travel and live away for a while. It opened me up to the fact that although interacting with some people can make you gun-shy to socializing with others, there are still wonderful people in the world. There are people who even though they have their flaws, they are about loving and caring for others. And I have been privileged to meet persons like that all over the world and it has given me hope.
Life is short and good family and friends are a precious and scarce commodity. You don’t know when your time will come to leave this place called planet earth. So cultivate those relationships with the time that you have left.
Be there for your family and friends as they are for you. You don’t have to call or text every day, but as often as possible let them know that you are thinking good thoughts about them. After all, if we don’t have good family and friends, what do we have? With the way that the world is right now, those relationships make life worth living.
Guess what? I am going to take my own advice and hope you do too. It could mean the difference between living a full and fulfilled life or one that is very lonely. And being alone does not necessarily mean being lonely. But for those of you who may be feeling lonely right now, I leave this food for thought with you. “A man that hath friends must shew himself friendly: and there is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother.” (Proverbs 18:24)
Be blessed. Much love.
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