The Lifeline of Friends

If you’ve been kind enough to read my blog (and thank you if you do!), you will know that I believe in the Japanese “red thread” theory, which reads:

*”The two people connected by the red thread are destined lovers, regardless of place, time, or circumstances. This magical cord may stretch or tangle, but will never break. This myth is similar to the Western concept of soulmate or a destined flame.”

**”One Japanese legend tells of an old man who lives in the moon and comes out every night to search among kin spirits to reunite them on Earth, who have something to learn from each other, and when he finds them he ties a red thread to them so they find their paths.”

Ever wonder why you feel an instant attraction and kinship to someone you’ve just met? It could be due to the red thread theory. Even the opposite: should you meet someone and dislike them on sight, it could be due to the same theory.

Whether or not we believe in the red thread theory or past lives or reincarnation, we can’t deny that we naturally gravitate to some people. We may meet in childhood and carry on our friendships as we grow. Or we may develop a closeness later in life to someone we may not know yet.

All I know is that the friends I have are a lifeline. Whether or not they are those cherished friends whom I met in childhood, friends I met later on in life, or even my “radiation buddies” I met only two weeks ago at the hospital; friends are lifelines. Friends are the ones who ground us, who lift us up, who listen and care, who have seen us at our worst and still love us.

We may not see eye to eye on some things, but we don’t let that divide us. I have a small handful of wonderful friends who mean the world to me. They have helped me, accepted me, supported me, loved me when I couldn’t love myself, and comforted me and lifted me up.

It isn’t called a lifeline for nothing. I am more grateful than I can say for the lifeline of friends in my life.

*From Wikipedia and **


One thought on “The Lifeline of Friends

  1. Diane Kirkup says:

    The lifeline of friends indeed are the threads that sometimes hold up together without which we might float off into space and never be seen again. For some these “lifeline” friends are the only true family one has, they ground us, love us, comfort us, and help us grow. I thank God every day for you Jane.

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