friendship is a treasured gift…



Friendship is a treasured gift and a blessing at the same time. Yet, lasting friendships require strong foundations of love, understanding, acceptance, a good ear and a generous dose of QUALITY TIME to talk, laugh, cry and smile.
Life may not always present us with as many opportunities as we like to meet with friends often, however, it is important to show friends that they are in our hearts. A phone call, a text, a card or chocolate bar in the post, a homemade cake with a smile at a friend’s doorstep… These and so many more gestures of heart can make loved friends feel so very special! Sometimes, that extra little effort is all it takes to spice up friendship and make it more meaningful.
I am blessed to have friends from all walks of life. Some have actually been in my life for over 30 years. It seriously does take an effort- most importantly, time but it is worth it. At least, most of the times..!
Here’s a scoop into MY lessons learned:
– Make an effort to meet with special friends. Set a date. Create an experience, and make it fun.
– Friends may be on a different walk of life than when you first met them, however, don’t forget that they once stamped your life in their own, unique way.
– If friends can still make you laugh, keep them!
– Better yet, if they bring the child out of you, this is priceless!
Friendship is a gift of life, however, it is up to us to sprinkle it, every so often with the right spices..


Friendship is a special gift

you get endowed in life

It’s based on trust and kindness

on one you can rely

This special one is there for you

in ugly times and nice

The one who tells the truth to you

and loves you all the time

It is this special one I saw in you

back then in old times

It is the one I see in you

today with all rough tides

You’re simply one in a million

The very rarest type

The one who’s touched my heart and soul

So many, many times

You are the type of special friend I’d like to keep for life

In moments both good and bad

In my whole life

(Mahi, 2002)


About Mahi S

I was born on the island of Cyprus in 1971. For years, I lived the life of a nomad: I grew up in the Arab Gulf, finished high school in Cyprus, then went to the U.S. for five remarkable, life-changing years of study and work in public relations. With every change of home, I was confronted with the challenge of separation and the issue of identity, but ultimately the rewarding experience of interacting with people of different cultures has informed my life ever since. It inspired me to create an ideal setting wherever I found myself, to live meaningfully and use passion as the main ingredient in my life. I run to keep myself motivated and to fire the kind of creative thinking that keeps me balanced and content. But it’s also an ongoing challenge: since 1999, I have completed 17 half-marathons, which I try to run in a different city every time. In fact, running and travel are the two pillars of my life philosophy: “Travel is fascinating, whether it’s about a series of mesmerizing destinations or a journey within myself”. “Running keeps me sane, motivated and focused!” Right now, I am focusing on promoting my new book, ‘A squirrel in your kitchen’ an e-cookbook with quick, easy and delicious recipes (and anecdotes) from dearest friends around the world. I am also hoping to experience the fascinating challenge of a full marathon in 2016; in Athens or New York. We’ll see!

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