"Each friend represents a world in us, a world possibly not born until they arrive, and it is only by this meeting that a new world is born." — Anaïs Nin (Thanks Oprah.com)! Friends are treasures shared by God and selected by YOU to help you in this life journey. All friendships, good, bad and ugly are shared for a reason. Sometimes the reason may be to reflect who you are back to you – in full shining glory. Some friends lift your spirit – every time you see or speak with them. Some friends bring you down. These Debbie downers have their place as well. Many times they represent who you were in the past. When you no longer resound with that person, small conflicts can grow into larger blow outs. No need for all the drama. What is needed is closure and appreciation for what you’re shared past. Some friends love you unconditionally. All times, in all ways. NO matter what. What I used to call my “Ride or Die Bitches.” These are the friends that have your back, will defend you to the end and even participate in whatever unsavory activities required in the moment! As I have gotten older, I appreciate my few friends all the more. With two rapid deaths in my families, leaving gaping holes in my life and the lives of my family, we still have the ability to share love. Love is the glue that holds us together, no matter what. Love is the definition of what a real friend is. A real, true friend is love in action. Treat yours accordingly. You never know when the last time you see them will BE the last time you see them. Thanks for reading and letting me share some pain. Michelle That's What Friends Are For!