I made a new friend the other day. This friend is articulate, very funny, quick witted, bright and filled with stubborn determination. In short, this friend is someone I enjoy talking with.
Then came the comment I’ve heard many times before: “But if you really knew about me, you might not like me.”
Permit me to pose a few questions to think about:
- We’ve been enjoying our conversations thus far?
- And you think, for some reason, there’s something that will change that?
- Are you planning, plotting or conniving to make me disappear without a trace?
- If there are things about you that you don’t want me to know, why bring it up?
- Are you Jimmy Hoffa or Amelia Earhart in hiding?
- Are you in the Witness Protection Program? (Nope, don’t wanna know!)
- Did you drink half of my coffee when my head was turned?
- Are you going to ask me to turn my head and cough?
- Are you a Proctologist with cold hands, large fingers and huge class ring?
There are some things that are relevant and might cause a kink in our friendship. If you chose to kill me, for example, that would definitely put a damper on things. But we share more in common than one may think. Ask yourself:
- Are you breathing too?
- Do you have a pulse?
- Do you like cookies?
- Do you ingest fluids?
- Tired of these questions?
See? We have MUCH in common and that’s part of what makes a friendship. Friendship is like planting an acorn. Starts small and grows stronger if it is healthy. Occasionally you must battle nefarious squirrels and such, but for the most part friendships grow.
Enjoy the time together. And don’t look so stunned.