I have been thinking a lot about friendship recently. Actually, it’s a topic I’ve felt as important for some time – as you can no doubt tell from the fact it is one of the secondary topic areas I blog under. I often ponder writing an extended piece for the blog, or even a series of pieces on the theme, or on sub-themes within friendship. In time, no doubt I will. For now, I came across this quote buried away, and it seemed to sum up some of my recent thoughts – although certainly not all of them.
There is one thing better than making a new friend, and that is keeping an old one.
–Elmer G. Letterman
Interestingly, Letterman was a big-time insurance broker and best-selling author on books regarding business. His comment sums up the balance I have noticed in recently. There is much to be gained from extending kindness and respect to new people, and acquiring new friends. It’s certainly not something that should be abandoned. However, it is sometimes too easy for us to neglect kindness, respect, being supportive and having an impact in our old friends’ lives. The wonderful thing is, that it often takes only simple things to keep up old friendships. Big things can come from these simple things, if we keep up the simple things.