There are advisors, colleagues, partners and spouses; there are acquaintances and networks, support groups and associations, peer groups and drinking buddies, gym partners confidantes and friends; and then, there are best friends.
If you're a best friend yourself then you know one thing above all; you didn't choose the role, it chose you and that makes it the greatest honour and the greatest burden.
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If you have a best friend you'll know, because that person will tell you like it is, good or bad, but will never fall off your gift list. That person will listen when you whine and instead of hurrying you along, will offer you a drink so you can whine some more - "Get it off your chest", your bestie will say. That person will leave their work station and miss an important deadline because you're having a baby and they wouldn't miss that for the world. That person will make sure you know what's good about you; make time for phone calls way too early in the morning; suffer total inconveniences for you; back off when you need to clear your head and be right there waiting, almost magically when you are 'ready to talk'.
They'll call just at the moment when you're about to say something that would get you fired; invite you out just when it's the last thing you want to do but absolutely the best thing for you. That person will call you as soon as that job opportunity you've been hoping for shows up in the newspaper or wherever. That person prays for you when you're not around, orchestrates rescue parties when you're feeling down, makes a meal just so you can sit, talk and eat; calms you down; gives you perspective; fights your fights with you and walks your most difficult journeys alongside you. In all of this doing and giving, this best friend has time for his/her own life. Now that's totally magical.
Trust me, when life throws you lemons you don't just need a friend, colleague or partner, you need a best friend. When life makes a turn for the better you don't just need to celebrate with a spouse, gym buddy or acquaintance, no one will appreciate it like your best friend will. Your best friend is a priceless gift from God. So if you have a best friend, give thanks, be a best friend back, then give thanks some more. I do, but then, I have the best best friend ever.
Giving thanks for you, +Kim B, voted Best best friend by me.