Lives Well-Lived

Life is partly what we make it, and partly what it is made by the friends we choose.  - Tennessee Williams

Life is partly what we make it, and partly what it is made by the friends we choose. – Tennessee Williams

I was catching-up with my dear friend Jo the other day.  It’s always so up-lifting to talk with her.  She had many wonderful stories to share.  It had been too long since we’d last spoken.  That’s what happens when an ocean separates friends.  But the friendship stays true and strong.

So she was telling me that her parents are having a party this year to celebrate their 70th birthdays.  She sent out the invitations earlier in the year along with a request that the invitees forward her photos and stories of their friendships with her parents.  She’s been compiling the memories in a book and told me what a delight it’s been to see and read the stories of how these two  people have touched (and been touched by) the lives of so many others.  What a wonderful project.  “They’ve had a good life,” she said.  I could hear the smile in her voice.

That really is a good life:  to be turning 70 and have a host of friends and family to celebrate with.  To look back over the years shared together with joy, love, and pride.  Lives well-lived.  I can’t imagine anything better.  I wish that for us all.

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