Maintaining friendships is an important way to lessen the stress in your life and also stay connected to what's real. A good friend will tell you when you are right on track and support you in your growth and development. They will also tell you when you have gone too far, when your decisions are less than wise, and when it is time to get motivated.
Look at how much time you devote to your friendships. It is easy to assume that they will always be there, but just like a garden, it is necessary to nurture your friendships. Take the time to check in a little more often. Rather than starting off a conversation with what's going on with you, ask what's going on with them instead.
Perhaps send a small card letting your close friends know how much they mean to you and that they are a vital part of your support system.
I have one friend with whom I am sharing the joy of gardening and we start off each day with a tomato report. It is a great way to start the day and sets us both up with good energy.
With just a little extra attention, you will find that your friendships can flourish providing you with a bouquet of reliable and playful mentors.
To all of my amazing friends, I thank you for being such an important part of my life.