As I was thinking about what I would post this month, several ideas came to mind. Eventually, I settled on sharing a recent trip to St. Louis. As a destination, the St. Louis area has a lot to offer. It has great attractions, a bustling downtown, and a vibrant nightlife. That said, what I realized is that it is the company you keep that shapes the memories. In March, I received a piece of mail in an iridescent ivory envelope; clearly a wedding invitation. Within weeks, several friends from around the country were talking about making the trip. It is a strange thing that connects people to one another- varying interests, careers, and personalities that gel. One of the great things about true friends; when you reconnect, it’s as simple as taking another step. That Saturday, prior to the nuptials we were all able to gather at a vineyard for lunch. Sitting outside, taking in the fresh air and rolling hills, we reconnected. Reminiscing about old times and updating each other on recent events. All while enjoying a great meal and a few glasses of vino. It doesn’t get much better than that.
What’s the moral? It is too easy to get wrapped up in the day to day. Once that wheel starts spinning, we frequently lose sight of the truly important things; family, friends, and community.
Take a few minutes in the next day or so to reach out and say hello to someone you haven’t spoken to in a while.
“My father always used
to say that when you die,
if you’ve got five real friends,
then you’ve had a great life.”
― Lee Iacocca