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Friday, April 6, 2012

Gratitude - Letter "F" - Friends

This post is part of the 2012 A-Z challenge, created by the intrepid Arlee Bird at: http://tossingitout.blogspot.com/

“F” - Friends
Gratitude for “F” just has to be friends. Without my friends I’m pretty sure I’d be dead or locked up somewhere. I have been so blessed wherever I’ve lived to find kindred spirits--people I can really talk to and really be myself with. And that is such a blessing. Don’t have to hold back or pretend to feel other than what I feel in any given moment. And here in bloggydom, it is similar. We find kindred bloggers and there are connections and friendships formed even though we’ve never met face to face. So here’s to friendships, both real and virtual.


Claudia Moser said...

A very nice post and I think ou are right about blogging friends!

Sharkbytes said...

So very true. I've met several friends through blogging that I really hope to meet in person some day. Good theme too! I'm trying to visit all the A-Z Challenge Blogs this month.

welcome to my world of poetry said...

Friends are so important in life much more than wealth in my opinion.
Good F post.

Kylie said...

Yes! Most definitely something to be grateful for.

Rebecca Bradley said...

A lovely post. The world would be a sad place without friends.

Jules said...

Amen sister! Friends are jewels for our crowns. :)
Jules @ Trying To Get Over The Rainbow

Karen Walker said...

Claudia, it still amazes me how close I feel to some bloggers
Sharkbytes, I've been lucky to meet a few in person as well - it's a wonderful thing.
Yvonne, much more important!
Kylie, I'm doing these posts to remind myself to be grateful.
Rebecca, I can't even imagine it.
Jules, amen, sister

Bish Denham said...

If a person has one or two really good, true friends in her life she is blessed. More is a miracle that must not be taken for granted.

Tracy Jo said...

Love the words...kindred spirits. Cheers to friends!

Heather M. Gardner said...

It's true. Real friends can save you.

Tracy Makara said...

What would we do without our friends? This is a great post, because what you said about being dead or locked up without them...so true. Real and virtual friends are a lifeline!

Karen Walker said...

I'm heading out to sing with Sugartime now, but I'll check back in with everyone later today.

Jennifer Shirk said...

Well said. :-)

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Friendship is one of the most important things in the world.

Rosalind Adam said...

I'll drink to that, Karen! To friendship *clinks mug of tea*

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Karen .. I couldn't agree more - this is a great group of supportive friends here in this blogosphere of life .. Cheers Hilary

Grammy said...

Hi, I couldn't exist without my friends, and I feel so blessed to have so many! Lots of kindred spirits inhabit my world. Catch you later, got blog-hopping to do.

Tonja said...

Great post. I agree.

Suze said...

'We find kindred bloggers and there are connections and friendships formed even though we’ve never met face to face.'

And with some lovely spirits, we have been blessed with a face-to-face encounter.

Catherine Noble said...

Friendship is a wonderful thing :) I hope everyone reading your post today takes a minute to feel grateful for the friendships they have :) Very sweet post!

Pearson Report said...

Wonderful "F" post. What is the journey worth without a friend to share it with.

The wonderful "virtual" friends I've met, including yourself, have been the real reason I continue blogging; I enjoy the camaraderie and the support.

I am enjoying your topic of Gratitude for this A to Z Challenge.

Jenny @ Pearson Report
Co-Host of the Blogging from A to Z Challenge.

Jemi Fraser said...

Friends - whether from real life or the bloggyverse - are vital to happiness! :)

Julie said...

Perfect choice for F. And I agree with Jenny, the "virtual" friends are what make blogging such a joy.

Karen Walker said...

Hi all, I'm back - great time singing at a retirement community.
Bish, yes, a few really good friends are all we need.
Tracy Jo, yes, I like the term kindred spirits as well
Heather, mine have certainly "saved" me
Tracy, they've certainly been my lifeline at times
Jennifer, thanks
Alex, we are in agreement
Rosalind, clink clink
Cheers to you Hilary
Grammy, thanks for making my blog one of your stops today
Tonja, thanks
Suze, meeting you was sheer heaven
Catherine, thank you so much
Jenny, thanks for the support for my topic
Jemi, amen!
Julie, yup yup yup

Mary Aalgaard, Play off the Page said...

I've met some great friends online. I've met a couple, now, and hope to meet more in person some day.

Play off the Page

cherie said...

I'll second this. I'm grateful for my friends, too. Whether in person or virtual. :)

Patricia Stoltey said...

Amen, Karen. I have so many very cool face-to-face and online friends I feel blessed. One of my longtime friends (met her in 1969) and I have started writing real handwritten letters to each other. Everyone should give it a try...we may start a revolution (and save the U.S. Postal Service).

Joe Lunievicz said...

Life is so much about the quality of the relationships that we develop. Thanks for the great post! Joe