“Friendship is so weird. You just pick a human you’ve met and you’re like, ‘Yup. I like this one’ and you just do stuff with them.” (Google Search On Funny Friends Quote)
Dear Friends of Little Old Me,
Today marks the Dolly Mama “tell your friends how great they are” blog post. I can’t believe I haven’t done it sooner. I am a little embarrassed (and if you know me at all, that’s a load of hooey…I wouldn’t know embarrassment if it smacked me right in the behind). Sorry. Back to the letter.
Right off the bat, I have to just be super honest and tell you I am feeling a little snarky right now and you might just sense it when you read this. Bear with me. I’m planning to be serious and sappy and smooshy and sentimental as well by the time this letter is over. Sorry. Back to the letter.
It’s true. You really are great! Like wearing a superhero cape great! Like standing behind a mic and getting an award great! You get the point! I think you are great!
Some of you are great because you don’t let me stay my “less than the true Esther Goetz” self. You believe in me. You motivate me. You encourage me. You kick me in that not-embarrassed behind when I need it. You believe in the best version of me and you build me up one brick at a time. I love you and need you. #youhavenoidea
Some of you are great because you are my cheerleader. You sing your praises to my words-of-affirmation-is-my-happy-place heart. You root for me and would have poms poms shouting “Esther Goetz is ‘da bomb'” if I would let you (don’t tempt me…I might have to make that happen in real life). You make me feel like a champion even when I’m just an average New Jersey housewife. I love you and need you. #youhavenoidea
Some of you are great because you love what I love. We can take a walk or a hike and talk heady stuff like Christian doctrine. We can take a bike ride on LBI and get our favorite kind of ice cream. We can meet for lunch (on time may I add) and share silly stories of our week and our latest caper. We can watch the Bachelor together (no judgment please) and laugh at the screen and ourselves in the process (“Do we seriously watch this show?”). I love you and need you. #youhavenoidea
Some of you are great because you are just “WITH ME.” You sit with me in the dark times. You laugh with me in the hilarious comedy that is my life. You stick with me when I’m screwing up. You talk me down off the ledge when I want to jump. You calm my heart when the monster of anxiety rears her ugly head. You have no judgment for me (take note, you who judged my Bachelor watching). I tell you all my secrets. I love you and need you. #youhavenoidea
Some of you are great because you make me feel connected to you in all the best ways…emotional, spiritual, mental and even physical. You wave at me across a crowded room, save a seat for me at an event, send me a card on my birthday, grab my hand when we are together, and remind me that we are “two peas in a pod.” I belong to you and you belong to me. I love you and need you. #youhavenoidea
Some of you are great because you are just fun! You make me belly laugh. You always have an adventure for us to go on! You are super okay with my snarky nature and “give it back” to me when I’m dishing it out to you! You light up when you see me! You’re not afraid to say all that’s good about our lives and our days! You give energy when this “Esthergizer Bunny” is about done. I love you and need you. #youhavenoidea
Some of you are great because you open my mind and heart to new things. You don’t let me get stuck. You ask me great questions, challenging me to rethink the way I always have and help me to change “just a little bit” at a time (even though I might fight you in the moment). You make my view of life (and many times GOD HIMSELF) bigger and enlarge my whole heart at the same time! I love you and need you. #youhavenoidea
Some of you are great because you are wise. You keep me headed in the right direction. You’re like the GPS of my life. You help me navigate all the beautiful and messy parts of my journey with understanding, grace and kindness. You straight-up give me advice (even when I’m being stubborn and a know-it-all). My goals and dreams matter to you and you help me to keeping working toward them. I love you and need you. #youhavenoidea
ALL OF YOU ARE GREAT because you love me. You really love me. For who I am. Plain and simple. What more could I ever ask for or want from a friend? Nothing! Whether we text each other every day, talk to each other once every six months on the phone, are only able to connect on social media platforms, or see each other once in a blue moon at reunions, I count you forever as my friend, one that I will treasure in my heart until I take my last breath.
Somehow, my snarky voice has quieted and all is right in my very sappy world as I think of you and all that you mean to me! I love you, my GREAT friend!
From my heart to yours,
P.S. Please let me know three things – that you received this and maybe even read it (since I wrote it just for you), which kind of great friend you think you are and also what kind of friend you believe I’ve been for you (why I’m great…sorry, back to the snarky). You can text me, call me, email me, snail mail me, comment on this blog or my current favorite, post it on social media.
TODAY, I challenge you to maybe write a text or a letter or pick up the phone and tell one friend you love them and why they are great. And then share this with them. How amazing would it be if each one of us spoke our love with just one and then encouraged them to tell one. The ripple effect would be wonderful! January 20th, 2019, would be just a little more hopeful and beautiful! TELL JUST ONE!
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