I love this picture! Look at our huge smiles. I can still remember, as if it were today, something subtle happening, that we were scarcely aware of – we all became friends, each of whom who have subsequently touched my life for good.
That day, the six of us made some powerful professional breakthroughs and connections in our own community of practice. But above all, the part I cherish most of all, was the power of true friendship.
Listening, laughing, understanding, being a little silly together and empathy were in all in evidence as we embarked upon a new journey in our work on extra-dependent teams.
“A friend is a priceless possession because a true friend is one who is willing to take us the way we are but is able to leave us better than he found us. We are poor when we lose friends because generally they are willing to reprove, admonish, love, encourage, and guide for our best good. A friend lifts the heavy heart, says the encouraging word, and assists in supplying our daily needs. As friends we will make ourselves available without delay to those who need us.” – Marvin J. Ashton
The photo was taken in Zurich, in December 2019, just a few weeks before the pandemic and lockdown. Subsequently, the six of us have met by Zoom on several occasions. Our conversations have been moments I hold dear, through what has been a challenging year.
Somehow these special moments of friendship seem to have a long shelf life, which I am so grateful for. They can sustain you even long after the moment has passed.
Good friends are a little like stars, you may not always see them, but you know they are there!
My conclusion – the only way to really have friends, is to be one yourself.
Go on, reconnect today.