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Posted Jan 07 2009 6:43pm

In a life coaching session this morning, two things came up which are food for thought. The first is about friends in your life. What is your definition of a friend? My Uncle Sam used to say to me that if you could fill up one hand with true friends in your life, you are lucky. What he was saying was that true friends are hard to come by.

The model that he lived by was that to have a true friend you had to have a history with that person. You knew that they were there for you no matter what. IF you were sick, or in trouble they were there.

How many of us can say that today? With many struggling to survive and their responsibilities to their own families, is it harder to find true friends? How many do you really have?

And I know that some of us have been disappointed when in a time of need that person that we thought was a friend was no where to be found. They emotionally disappeared.

On the flip side, when in a time of need when you needed it most, people showed up. They revealed themselves, their true character and were there for you. You were blessed by their grace.

With life changing as rapidly as it does today, it’s paramount for us to have the ability to connect with others in a heartbeat. It’s the ability to create that space for grace to show up in your life.

As we keep evolving and expanding who we are so that we can make those deeper connections, we make room for grace to be part of our lives. And it doesn’t need to take that lifetime. It’s that heart-to-heart connection that occurs in an instant.

I thought that one of my goals, which brings me to the second point, is to create more friends in the next year.

But then I started thinking about whether there was a better word than goal. Yes I think it would be great to create more connection in my life in this next year. That’s my intention. That’s what I wish for you.



JOURNEY ON is a blog dedicated to personal and professional development. Mark Susnow, an executive and life coach inspires others to experience more fulfillment and success in their life. A former trial attorney for 30 years and musician, he integrates what it takes to be successful in the world with the inner wisdom unfolded to him through years of yoga and meditation. His articles reflect this journey in an inspirational way.

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