What about your friends

I have a friend called Dora. No, Dora is not her real name and when she reads this she may kill me. LOL. But anyway, Dora and I met while I was living overseas. Our friendship was cemented in time however, when we decided to visit the border of a country that doesn’t much like visitors. Our other friends – Americans – were like “noooo!!!”, “Don’t do it!” and “you might not come back!”. But we’re not Americans so we went anyway. And – except for that one thing that happened with that guard – it was great! We have an awesome story to tell our kids (if we ever have any!) and we also have a great friendship that has survived years and distance.

But for a moment in time this summer the distance will disappear when I go to visit Dora. I can’t wait for our adventures! Hopefully I will get to share some when I get back. But if I don’t get back, well, at lease you can probably guess what happened. Haha!

A friend loves at all times, And a brother is born for adversity. – Prov 17:17

*I love good friendships and I love writing about good friendships. Check out my favorite besties, Naomi and Natasha in Under Covers.

Don’t stop believing

At your fingertipsI love travelling. The nervous anxiety of preparing for a trip; the picking out of the travel outfit; even the airport food. I love it. What I don’t love is booking accommodation. I don’t love the games these booking sites play with my emotions; the way they tease me with these reasonable prices, make me add them to my list of favorites, then turn around and jack up the prices the moment I am actually ready to book. Now I am out here juggling browsers, using incognito windows, creating alternate profiles, just so I can get to the truth. It feels like stalking an ex on social media. Which, of course, I would never ever do. Ever.

But yeah, I hate the booking part, which is why I have been procrastinating on booking  rooms for my next trip. It doesn’t help that I am on a shoe string budget either. After a week of checking and searching almost every day, I feel like my eyes are about to fall out.

Then today, after work, I checked again and suddenly all the prices at half a dozen of the links I saved had dropped; some of them slashed in half. Thank God! Because I and my pocket had been praying. But it reminded me of how sometimes we give up too easily. Sometimes that thing we are hoping, working and going for is right there, right beyond the tips of our fingers but we stop reaching too soon.

I’ve been reaching for some things for a while now. The opportunity to write commercially again; my dream job; the healing of some friendships; some Isaac-Rebecca style love. And sometimes, I feel like giving up. Sometimes I do give up momentarily. But this simple thing today reminded me to keep reaching, because like my underpriced hotel booking, what I am reaching for might be right beyond my fingertips. And if I reach out a little more, it might be mine.

“Most of the important things in the world have been accomplished by people who have kept on trying when there seemed to be no hope at all.” – Dale Carnegie