Do you remember the times we had as children when we’d meet other kids, play with them & instantly feel like we had a new best friend? It wasn’t the length of time that established the friendships— it was a connection of energy that upon reflection seems so magical. Sadly, as our teen years descended upon us, friendships became more complicated. Gossip entered the picture. Later as we dated, relationships became more puzzling as we tried to find that partner who would love us for who we are, which in many ways is a giant compromise, and maturely so, since we’re all unique & come from different sets of experiences that have combined to merge the nature & nurture aspects of our complex personalities. Sometimes for sure it all seems just so difficult to relate & connect.

Although many people would describe me as outgoing— I broke into hives, twenty years ago on the night of my 20th High School Reunion. I had to wear a turtleneck on a hot June night! To my amazement, it was a comfortable, relaxing & fun evening. Everyone was mellow. Conversations were easy & kind.

As I’ve reflected on this, I’ve observed that age has somehow enabled me to relax into making new friendships that resemble those spontaneous friendships of youth. Connecting seems easier. The conversations reach a deeper level more quickly—as if I’ve known the other person for years. Gone are the days of worrying about every word. Instead this has been replaced with a sense of valuing collaborations and a more precipitous appreciation of the wisdom and experience that another can bring to my life. It is marvelous to be at a stage when if we are attuned, we can embrace the connectedness, the oneness, we have with others. What do you think?

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