We each have our own gifts and our own weaknesses.
We form our friendships based on our commonalities, but I am finding that my deepest friendships are strengthened by our differences.
Friends with different views challenge us intellectually.
Friends with different interests expand our horizons.
And friends with different abilities help us when we cannot do it ourselves.
My friend, Bracha, from Sde Eliyahu called the day before my radiosurgery and offered to come stay with us over Shabbat and help with whatever we needed.
We were also invited to spend this Shabbat with my in-laws. I love going to my in-laws, especially for Shabbat. We were there just last week! But I really wanted to be home this week, in my own bed.
There are not many guests who give more than they receive. Bracha is one of those. The best part is that she thinks that she is getting more than she receives. Imagine that!
I am still not sure what I am giving her that matches what she is giving me, but that is the beauty of friendship. Good friends strengthen each other; together we are better people.
Please daven (or send happy, healing thoughts) for RivkA bat Teirtzel.
With love and optimism,