To quote one of the most world-famous, well versed and greatest theologians of our time, Larry the Cucumber from Veggietales.
"I laughed. I cried. It moved me, Bob."
That describes my night tonight, in one deep and profound thought. It was nothing fancy, a group of girls gathered on couches in my friend’s living room munching popcorn and sipping hot chocolate. It was a warm your toes by the fireplace while your heart warms in the presence of dear friends kind of night. It was conversation that never used the words “pee-pee” or “poo-poo” and required no guessing games to figure out what a certain grunt or squeak meant. It was heaven.
I literally scooted to the edge of my seat to hear about one friend’s dreams and another’s inspiring goals. I laughed until tears filled my eyes to hear another mom share a funny story that was complete with hilarious actions and sound effects. I learned that throw-pillows can be great therapy when thrown across the room when you are overly frustrated about a certain subject. I soaked it all in knowing when the alarm clock would go off (I.e., my baby cooing loudly enough for our 90-year-old neighbor to hear) the next morning, I would feel like a new mom!
You could live life without friends…but why?
Why not get recharged when the battery of our soul gets depleted. I am an avid texter, face booker and (of course) blogger but there is something about being in the PRESENCE of people that is refreshing in a way a text message or face book note can’t compete against.
In the hurried pace of our technological savvy society, I think it’s easy to forget that plopping into a rocking chair on a front porch with a dear friend and glass of sweet tea does more medicine for the soul than a thousand of Mary Poppin’s spoonfuls of sugar.
So in the spirit of a silly cucumber that probably has more wisdom than we would ever expect, find a friend that makes you laugh, cry…a friend that moves you and throws pillows with you. Then get into their real-life presence and get refreshed.