You may call them your tribe, crew, circle of trust, or village.
True gut-level-to-the-core friends. Those few to whom you are deeply attached by feelings of affection. Those few who don't stand in judgment, but instead, stand beside you and yours as you grit through the hard.
These are the folks who get you and your transparent real. They're not put off by imperfection; in fact, they embrace it as you accept theirs.
Dusty houses, dirty toilets, piles of laundry, crusty dishes—these peeps get to view all that, along with pajama pants, coffee-stained t-shirts, barefoot non-pedicured feet, no makeup, and questionable breath.
None of that matters when shared coffee, meals, giggles, and tears are on the table, ready to be consumed.
We love our people.
We laugh at the ridiculous,
Cry at the tragic,
Roll our eyes at the stupid,
Send memes and gifs and emojis,
Play board games,
Solve world problems over chips and salsa,
Listen to difficult questions,
Tell the truth
Respond with an unapologetic, "I don't know."
Or agree to disagree.
Ask, "Why?" or "Why not?"
Friendships still in tact, stronger for the discussion.
We share traditions with our people,
Insist on intentionality,
Distribute bucketfuls of grace,
Say, "I'm sorry."—even if no one else will—especially when no one else will.
We make physical contact with our people.
They are not just profiles on social media.
Our people are flesh and blood,
Who we've sat on the beach, back porch, or grass and watched kids play, fireworks explode, or waves move in and out with the tide.
We look, think, choose, love differently than our people.
And our relationships are breathtaking because of the shades, contrasts, and depth.
We are blessed by our people.
Go find your people. They are gifts, and very necessary to surviving this day and the others to follow. We are not meant to do life alone.
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Amanda Williams is a forty-year old wife and mother of two who can still swing her pony tail and display just a tad of sass. She is also a Jesus loving girl who realizes she is nothing without the One who saved her. Amanda has two degrees specializing in serving students with special needs and is currently working in the field of Leadership Development. She is a Christian author, speaker, blogger, and publisher who loves serving beside her husband at her local place of worship, First Baptist Church of Ocala.