This piece has been circulating on the Internet since at least 2011 (I came to realize this when googling for the original source). The source remains unknown, and the contents change a bit with the state of the world, but the underlying theme is timeless: friends are critical to our well-being. (Thanks to friend Marilyn for bringing this piece to my attention.)
Why do I have a variety of friends and family who are all so different in character? How is it possible that I can get along with them all? I think that each one helps to bring out a “different” part of me. With one of them I am polite. With another I joke … with one I can be a bit naughty. Another, I can sit down and talk about serious matters. With another I laugh a lot. I listen to one friend’s problems. Then I listen to another one’s advice for me.
My friends are like pieces of a jigsaw puzzle. When completed, they form a treasure box. A treasure of friends! They are my friends who understand me, sometimes better than I understand myself! They’re friends who support me through good days and bad.
Real Age doctors tell us that friends are good for our health. Dr. Oz calls them Vitamin F (for Friends) and counts the benefits of friends as essential to our well-being. Research shows that people with strong social circles have less risk of depression and terminal strokes. If you enjoy Vitamin F constantly, you can be up to 30 years younger than your real age. (I only wish!) The warmth of friendship stops stress and even in your most intense moments, it decreases the chance of a cardiac arrest or stroke by 50%. I’m so happy that I have a stock of Vitamin F!
In summary, we should value our friends and keep in touch with them. We should try to see the funny side of things and laugh together and pray for each other in the tough moments.
Some of my friends are friends online. I know I am part of their circle because their names appear on my computer screen often and I feel blessed that they care as much for me as I care for them. Thank you for being one of my Vitamins. The most beautiful thing about friendship is that we can grow separately without growing apart.
In these days of COVID-19 and global uncertainty, Vitamin F is needed more than ever.
Keep safe and well.