Friends, Our Most Wonderful Teachers

Posted by on August 17, 2016 in From Bitchy to Bitchin' Book 1 | 0 comments

“We’ll be friends forever, won’t we Pooh?’ asked Piglet.

‘Even longer,’ Pooh answered.”

A.A. Milne, Winnie-the-Pooh


Today is the day to begin to challenge yourself.

It doesn’t matter whether it is completing a hike in the Himalayas, learning to surf (either the waves or the net) or just smiling and saying hello to a stranger. Stretch yourself, give a little more of yourself

and watch your confidence soar.

One of my challenges is that I have always been somewhat shy around people I don’t know well.  I find that unless they start a conversation with me I just can’t seem to put two words together. But after watching my good friend, Lynn, while in Hawai’i with her a few years ago, I knew that being a whole lot less shy was a gift I had to cultivate within myself.

Wherever she is, when she walks down the street she will always have a smile on her face and a positive comment for many she meets. During one short walk we took in Honolulu she praised the workmanship of a man creating wood carvings, told a lovely elderly woman how beautiful she was, spoke a few Hawaiian words to a couple of young guys and got smiles and Alohas in return.

I am so grateful for these experiences with her.  I saw how easy it could be and how, in this small but significant act of kindness and friendship, she is creating a happier, more joyful world.

I have released some of my own self-imposed fears and now look for opportunities to live more like my friend, Lynn. I refuse to let shyness keep me from giving a smile and a Hello or a sharing laughter with the people we met on the street.


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