Friends, good friends, know what we love. They know what excites us, what makes us who we are. Good friends will want to know these things and celebrate the life and joy that comes with our uniqueness. When taking friendships deeper, when getting to know others -- really know them -- you look at what makes up a person. Facts, details, history, circumstances, who they run with, who they love, what they care about, what they think of things, where they've been, where they are, where they want to be, what makes them laugh, what makes them cry.
When you know others in this way, you live in the gold joy found in the bonds of friendship and you know that you are rich in your friends.
So with the economy being what it is, let us hearken with the opportunity to remember that gifts of the heart, sharing time and talents and giving the gifit of the self, not gifts from the pocketbook, might be the best kind of gifts that there are.
With that, I give you the gift from my friend, S. in Santa Fe, who knows that the first snow on the aspens-just-turned-gold adds yet another color when held in the green of the pines in our mountains in Santa Fe. We share a love of photography and of the place where we find ourselves. Knowing I'm not there to see it and knowing how I love the mountains, she sends this to me and I share it with you. None of this costs a dime (except her gas up the mountain).
Seeing this makes me happy with the view, reminds me of the love of that place, and happy with my friendship.