Still at the California shindig. It is good to see old friends. It is good to re-connect with long-term friends that run, in some cases, numerous decades back.
The scripture comes to mind – “Do not move the ancient boundaries.” That verse has a truckload of implications – few of which have to do with actual maps, charts. The idea at hand is simply “Maintain relationships… Do what it takes to have lifelong relationships… You can’t have too many friends…”
In our day there are a tremendous number of forces at work to keep all of us involved in a lot of tail chasing which ends in each of us involved in only 1 to 3 years relationships. That’s for the birds! I went to a friend’s mom’s memorial a few days ago. At this service, my friend, a powerful communicator btw, asked his boyhood friends present to stand up. I thought he was referring to 2 or 3 guys. To my pleasant surprise, there were over a dozen guys present at his mom’s memorial. I got a tear in my eye at this vote for long-term-ness. These guys get it. In fact, he mentioned, the twelve of them get together several times a year – all of them in their mid-50s. THAT is worth reproducing.
Originally posted 2007-05-10 10:56:32.