I was brought to my knees last weekend by a friend’s simple act of kindness. I do not think she realized how affected I was by her thoughtfulness. But it was just that, her fullness of thought, which impacted me.
The last time I saw my friend, I had been debating a necklace purchase. I spent about an hour on two different occasions looking at the jewelry and decided each time that I did not need to spend money on something that was not a necessity. I was torn, though, as the necklaces were beautiful and my want was strong.
Now, I am what you would call frugal, so the things I debate purchasing are many. I can’t keep track of all the things I would like to buy, so I would never expect anyone else, even a friend, to either. But this particular friend did. She not only noticed that I was looking at the necklace, but she realized I never bought it and remembered it months later when she came across the necklace in a shop thousands of miles away and got it for me as a gift.
This is the beauty of friendship. It has the ability to catch you off guard, surprise you and, perhaps, bring you to your knees in thanks. It was not the necklace that mattered to me; it was the fact she had paid such close attention to such an insignificant moment in my life.
Have you done this for a friend lately? Focused your attention entirely on them? Noticed the little things that make up the big? I urge you to do so. Because it is in the little things that the meaning of friendship is found.