Sometimes when we need new insights or fresh ideas, it’s helpful to read the dictionary. Take a familiar word and look up its definition. For example, a common word we use frequently is “friend.” This word has several meanings. The first definition given by Webster is “A person whom one knows well and cherishes.” Reflecting on these words, we can see what a blessing friendship is. With a friend, we are not alone. We can share our thoughts, our worries, our joys, our experiences. We listen to a friend with an understanding heart. Listening and sharing can make life worthwhile. Sometimes we forget this and get so wrapped up in our own busy lives that we neglect our friends. No wonder that sometimes we feel alone and lonely. We need to remember Webster and truly “know and cherish” our friends. What fun it is to read the dictionary.
By Margaret Michaud, OSB