Affection, Empathy, Fellowship

When I see a friend with his girlfriend, I know that they care for each other. They spend time together, share intimate feelings and build a bond of fellowship. As their relationship grows, I see that they are more and more aligned with each other. When the time comes for the to be with each other, they look forward to the one they’re connected in fellowship and affection.

I value my friendships. The people that I know all have unique characteristics. I try to listen with empathy when they are saddened and I laugh with them when they tell a funny joke. One mistake I make often is to think of the friendship as fragile and that it is either best friends or no friends—black and white thinking about the relationship. As I move forward, I try to see these misunderstandings on my part. The days that I don’t talk to someone doesn’t mean that we aren’t friends anymore.

My sisters and I have a different sort of fellowship. We are part of a family and with that bond, we show each other things we keep from the outside. Our understanding is deep and I value their suggestions and try to listen. I remember some of the bad times but I also remember when we were strong together and accomplished something good.

W. Wayne B.

© 2012 W. Wayne B.

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About William Wayne Smith

I'm a poet, library fan and maker.
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