Cultivating Friendships

“It takes a long time to grow an old friend.” John Leonard

I took some time to examine my friendships this past holiday weekend and I realized a few great things. No matter how many friends you have, how often you see, speak, or connect with them, if you can be satisfied in knowing that these people would drop everything in a moments notice to be by your side when you need them the most, then you have successfully cultivated a friendship. No matter how much time has passed there is a level of comfort that exists between friends that demonstrate how deeply you know one another.

There was a time in my life when I used to think friendships meant seeing each other regularly and speaking on a consistent basis. I now realize this is not the mark of a true friendship. It is about the moments you share together and the lessons you learn from one another. No matter how few and far between these moments are, when you are with true friends it feels as though you have never missed a beat. You fall right back into place and continue where you left off.

Although I am grateful for the friendships I have, I am just as grateful for those friendships I have lost. These broken friendships taught me a great many life lessons. They shed light on the types of people I want to surround me as I journey through life. They taught me that friendships are about respect and good intentions and are not concerned with jealousy or competition. Without having experienced these few broken friendships I would not have been able to decipher those people I hold as genuine life long friends.

It may take a long time to grow an old friend but I look forward to the journey we have ahead of us. I hope to share in the joy of your successes and promise to be there in times of need. -Ambition In The City

“Each friend represents a world in us, a world possibly not born until they arrive, and it is only by this meeting that a new world is born.”
– Anais Nin

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