A Friend for All Seasons.

September 30, 2011

My new friend, Mr. Elk!

I’m sitting in here Big Sky, Montana at the beautiful home of Kelly McDonald celebrating her big 5-0 with a new friend, Pam Atherton.  I was introduced to Kelly through our mutual friend, Jeff Hurt. Kelly and I met in-person at the Association for Accounting Marketing Conference and have been friends ever since.  Kelly is a business friend with whom I discuss entrepreneurship with, as well as, skin care, dieting and life.  Pam is a friend of Kelly who she met when Pam interviewed her for her radio show, A Closer Look. They quickly became friends and met in-person….yesterday when Pam landed in Bozeman.  Sound weird to you? To me, it’s perfectly normal.  We make friends in the most unique place and we never know where true friendships will come from.  As we were chatting, we discussed how we have different friends for different reasons. All serve a special, but distinct purpose in our lives.

Seven Examples of Friendship!

1. Friends who you call to talk about your relationship. They might not tell you what you need to hear, but they will tell you what you want to hear.

2. Friends who you call to talk about your relationship. They might not tell you what you want to hear, but they will tell you what you need to hear.

3. Friends who you go dancing with and who will make sure that you get home safe with. You might not share your most intimate secrets with them, but they are fun and you love them for it.

4. Friends who have known you so long that even if you don’t have a lot in common anymore they know enough about you to blackmail you when you run for public office.

5.  Friends who give great business advice and don’t sugar coat the hard stuff. They understand your world and serve as mentors and role models.

6. Friends who share your passion for cooking, technology, running, fishing, football or whatever it is that you love to do.

7. Friends that you just love because they are exactly who you need them to be at the exact moment that you need them.

In today’s world the word friend has been redefined by social media.  Some people say that it has lost the power that it once possessed.  I disagree. Friendship will always be defined by the individual relationship between two people.  Social media hasn’t changed that. It’s just made it easier.  Technology enabled Kelly to meet Pam. It enabled me to sit here and write this post while looking at mountains and nothing else. It has connected me to more friends that I ever imagined possible. I might just say that technology is my friend.

What do you say?