Heart and Key of Friendship

Meditation on Friendship

We are a people in need of friendship–not only with others, but with ourselves. Today, Lee Ann explores friendship and belonging in this episode. Because this topic is so wide and so deep, we’ll return to this subject again.

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Two Quotes on Friendship

“Friendship is the only cement that will ever hold the world together.” –Woodrow Wilson

“Friendship with oneself is all-important, because without it one cannot be friends with anyone else.” –Eleanor Roosevelt

Three Gems about Friendship from Our Youth

  • The reason a dog has so many friends is that she wags her tail and not her tongue.
  • A friend is a person who can step on your toes without messing your shine.
  • A friend is a person who listens attentively while you say nothing.

One Blessing for Friendship

A Friendship Blessing by John O’Donahue (from Anam Cara: A Book of Celtic Wisdom)


May you be blessed with good friends.

May you learn to be a good friend to your self.

May you be able to journey to that place in your soul where there is great love, warmth, feeling, and forgiveness.

May this change you.

May it transfigure that which is negative, distant or cold in you.

May you be brought in to the real passion, kinship, and affinity of belonging.

May you treasure your friends.

May you be good to them and may you be there for them; may they bring you all the blessings, challenges, truth, and light that you need for the journey.

May you never be isolated.

May you always be in the gentle nest of belonging with your anam cara.


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About the Author Lee Ann Hopkins

"Smile and the world smiles with you." That's the motto she lives by. Lee Ann is perfectly imperfect and unabashed about it even as she strives for higher and "better" every day. Both her can-do and her foibles are as fabulous as her smile. So take a moment and breathe in Lee Ann's "hooray" for today! Ms. Hopkins is host of the podcast Hooray Weekly, founder of The Hooray Daily and Hooray Living, a speaker, writer and do-gooder, who believe-it-or-not has been a public-interest attorney and clergywoman for longer than she cares to admit. Check out her books, You Are All That: Creating a Great Life with Affirmations, and Hooray for You: 365 Get-Up-and-Go-Go Quotes for Your Year. When you write her, send along a clergy and attorney joke. She loves 'em!

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