A Friend For All Seasons

elaine“A friend is one that knows you as you are, understands where you have been, accepts what you have become, and still, gently allows you to grow.” (Unattributed)

I have been friends with some people since high school, others only a few months. I have friends who are in their 20’s, 30’s, 40’s and beyond. One of my oldest friends is in her 90’s.

Some friends are animal advocates, environmental activists, political activists, artists, homemakers, spiritual leaders and some who are not easy to define.

Having an eclectic group of friends means that I am stretched to consider differing points of view and participate in activities I never thought I’d ever try. Variety is the spice of friendship and life.

It doesn’t mean I am swayed by people who have different beliefs or opinions to mine, it means that I get to listen to others and seek to understand. My life in enriched by all the people in my life.

Old friends know my history and know me. I don’t have to explain-they just know.

New friends, can bring a fresh perspective. When I’m in a rut, they may see something that I haven’t seen before.

As the saying goes, life is a journey best shared with friends.

About Elaine Fraser

Elaine realised she wanted to be a writer at ten years of age when the words flew off the page during a creative writing lesson. She studied English and Education at university and went on to spend many years as a high school English teacher teaching others how to write. In 2005, Elaine took the plunge and began writing full-time. Since then she has published five books and blogs at www.elainefraser.co. Elaine’s passion is to write about real issues with a spiritual edge. When she’s not travelling the world in search of quirky bookstores or attending writing retreats in exotic locations, she can be found in the Perth hills sitting in her library—writing, reading, mentoring writers and hugging her golden retriever.