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As a whole society we are constantly moving. Whether it is to get to our next class, our next step in life, or just trying to stay up to date with the newest sensations, people never seem to have enough time to do everything, see all the ones they want to see, and have that so precious downtime for them. We often find ourselves wishing we would have done something else or wishing there was more time in the day.

One of the most important things in life is making time for the people that you care about and the ones that care for you. When it all boils down, the most important things are our relationships with one another. Yes, notice that I said our relationships are what is most important—not work, making the most money, having the newest phone, or having the latest fashion. It is hard to go through life without having friends you can count on. We all need people. From family, friends, God, even with different schedules it’s important to make time for all of them.

Friends are special people that are put in our lives. There is a saying that you don’t choose your friend, your friends choose you. I love the thought that we choose these special people. If you were in someone’s life, it was not by happenstance. You are in someone’s life because they want you there. It should go without saying that true friends make you feel good about yourself and about your journeys in life as opposed to bringing you down.

We are all guilty of not staying in touch with someone as well as we should have, or forgetting to call back your best friend when they called you in that crazy moment last week. However, making time is a two-way street. If you have not talked to someone in a while, don’t just take for granted they are doing fine. Call them or send them an email. The times that people are quiet might be the times that they need somebody the most. Time is our most valuable resource and before you know it weeks will turn into months, months into years, and years into lifetimes.

Life is precious. You never know what can happen from one moment to the next. So appreciate the people you have in your life and let them know how much you love them, appreciate them, and care for them by spending your quality time with them.

I challenge you from here on out to plan out times in your weeks to touch base with an old friend, laugh with a new friend, smile with family, and give thanks to God. Let them know you are thinking about them and that you appreciate them. Life is too short to live with the regrets.

“Friends are the bacon bits in the salad bowl of life.”

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