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One of the great things about spending time with my family is seeing them with old friends, the kind of friendships developed over decades and despite distance.
Mel Chua shares this poem by James Hayford:
Time to plant trees is when you're young So you will have them to walk among – So aging, you can walk in shade That you and time together made. – James Hayford, "Time To Plant Trees"
Greg Wilson writes about friendship and running partners in life:
In the end, the search for that feeling is the common thread through
almost everything I've done. … We are none of us long in this life,
and I think we all want to believe that when we have to run our last
lap, we won't have to run it alone. I think we all want friends to
keep pace with, day after day, while we’re alive, so that we can be
sure that someone will be out there, still running, when we’re not.
I want to enjoy and be inspired by great friendships through the decades. It's easy to be insular, but if no man can really be an island (or at least be healthy doing so), I might at least be a peninsula. =)
Speaking of planning ahead, Trent (The Simple Dollar) has great advice on what to do at life's crossroads. Living a frugal life and keeping expenses down means that we can take more risks, yay.
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