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IT’S EASY TO PLAY ALONG WITH #WQWWC
This weekly writing challenge runs from Wednesday through Tuesday. The only rule is to use a quote.
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“A quotation in a speech, article or book is like a rifle in the hands of an infantryman. It speaks with authority.”Brendan Behan
FRIENDSHIP CAN BE INTENSE
Last week I stumbled across this wonderful post on John RH’s blog. It is crammed pack, not just with quotes, but with an amazing narrative John wrote summarizing the Lapham’s Quarterly post. The quotes took my thinking deeper than my normal Google searches. Here are some samples.
Under the magnetism of friendship, the modest man becomes bold, the shy confident, the lazy active, or the impetuous prudent and peaceful.—William Makepeace Thackeray, 1848
What a wonderful experience it is when friendships sharpen each other and make them shine. It’s great incentive to choose your friends wisely. This rosy picture works for Cee’s FOTD #25.
Seven years would be insufficient to make some people acquainted with each other, and seven days are more than enough for others.
Be courteous to all but intimate with few, and let those few be well tried before you give them your confidence.—George Washington, 1783
It’s always a thrill to find a quote from someone so well respected by all in our country, without whom there would not have been the country we know and love. I can see why George Washington was so well respected by those around him.
There is no shop anywhere where one can buy friendship.—Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, 1943
For me, the keyword in this quote is the word buy.
When my husband, Mark was sick, he wanted a new computer that would give him access to the internet. I started shopping by phone for a computer.
One salesman said, “Let me know what you find out.” when I told him what I was doing.
He must have know that every salesman would give me information that in no way related to what any of the other salesmen were telling about their products. So I called him after each phone call to his competitors to try to make an accurate comparison.
He was so helpful and interested in assisting someone he didn’t know that, I told Mark that we had to go buy a computer from him even though I had no idea whether or not it was the best deal. Then I told my friend Connie, who was single I’d met just the person for her. I gave this salesman my friend’s number and somehow nothing materialized.
After Mark passed away, I remembered Vince, and went back to the store where I bought my computer. He was still single (surprisingly). I left MY number that time, and eventually he called. The rest is a 26-year history.
Now, we buy many products online, but what about friendships? Again, the key word is to me in that quote is buy.
Have you met any folks online who you couldn’t imagine living without now? For the last month I featured flowers every day from Australia. They came from a wild three-week photo shooting frenzy while visiting two online blogging friends from Australia. They, and many others like them, whom I have met blogging are now life-long friends.
Here is Erika/Erika’s post, “I Can Tell That We are Going to Be Friends.” about her blogging friend get-together. You will know some of these bloggers.
This month, I decided to participate in a photo challenges hosted by another dear online friend, Cee Neuner. Cee’s Flower of the Day Challenge – (FOTD). By participating in challenges like Cee’s (or mine) bloggers make regular visits to each other’s websites and spend time learning what is important to them – a very valuable aspect of friendship.
Cee’s FOTD challenge accepts:
- Single flowers
- Multiple flowers
- Flower fields
- Tree or bush blossoms
- Autumn leaves
- Spring leaves
- Decorative Cabbage
TIPS FOR DEEPENING BLOGGING FRIENDSHIPS
Challenges are not essential to making life-long friends, but making regular visits to each other’s sites are. Ways that people make their friendships online work.
- Zoom calls
- Social media connections in addition to blogging
- Phone calls
- Personal visits
- Vacations together
- Short-term or ongoing projects
- Featuring each other on your blogs – interviews, links to their posts, or reblogging or sharing their posts
- Learn together or from each other
- Share friends – introduce them to other people you like on and off line. One of Carol’s outings in the US with a friend of mine she spent the day with.
- Write a post for them.
As a blogger, you probably have tons of tips as to how you have made friends line. Please feel free to add to this list in the comment section.
PUT ON YOUR FRIENDSHIP THINKING CAP
- What can you say about friendships in your life?
- What do they mean to you?
- Where did you meet?
- Who is your longest friend?
- Who is your newest friend?
- Have you ever shopped for romance online through dating sites? How did that work for you?
- Do you like your best friend’s mate?
- Does that person like yours?
- Do your friends’ families intertwine?
- Have they made you a better person? IN what way?
- Have you made them one?
I would love to hear what you have to say on this topic.
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Upcoming and Ongoing
- August Story Chat Summary aired today for A Dress for a Princess. Thank you so much, Cathy for hosting August and September Story Chat
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- Next WQWWC September 1: Work or Career/Employment will be on Yvette Prior’s blog Please link to her WQWWC post.