Gift of experience

Gracey HitchcockClick on the topmost title top open

Recently a dear friend called to chat.  Growing up it was wonderful to have an older friend who I could rely on to guide me. I could always count on her to tell me the truth even when it was hard to hear.

I will never forget the first time she and another friend had to guide me through dealing with mean girls. I was fourteen and the subject of an unprovoked attack by so-called friends. It was mean and unfair – and I later found out very normal. Their advice was to do nothing and say nothing and it would soon blow-over.

It was excellent advice. They were very sympathetic and kind. But they were also wise and realistic. They explained it was a no-win situation. They said I remained calm and quiet, they would soon stop and go on to make a fuss about something or someone else. And that was exactly what happened. The whole thing just stopped. I have shared the same advice times with my own young friends.

I could only smile when she began to tell me how impressed she was with actress Jada Pinkett Smith for sharing her life experience with young people on Facebook. It was such an appropriate story for my dear friend to share with me during this season of giving.

I want to wish all of our readers, contributors, and PR contacts a very joyful Holiday Season and a very healthy and happy 2015.  I am very grateful for the support of each and every one of you! I hope the coming year brings you sweetness and light. We will return on January 15, 2015 with a New Year and a new issue!

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