Friends are precious. Whether they are “old” friends or newer to our lives, friends make us feel we belong, that we matter; friends see us as we are and are a preventative force against loneliness.

As I’ve grown older, I have fewer friends in my life, but the friendships I have are deeper, more satisfying. This week’s writing prompts are about friends and friendship. My hope is that writing will remind you to reach out to that friend you miss or share with a friend how much they mean to you.

To happy writing and friendship.

 Melanie

 “A friendship is a relationship between two people where they both feel seen in a safe and satisfying way.” Shasta Nelson

 

“There is nothing on this earth more to be prized than true friendship.” Thomas Aquinas

 

“Friendship is always a sweet responsibility, never an opportunity.” Khalil Gibran

 

Ralph Waldo Emerson said “It is one of the blessings of old friends that you can afford to be stupid with them.”

 

  • Tell me a story that is inspired by one of the quotes above.

 

  • What do you look for in a good friend? How many of these qualities do you possess
    yourself?

 

  • What have been the most important and valued friendships of your life?

 

  • What specifically do you value most in friendship?

 

  • What do you want most from your friendships? What are you prepared to give for a friendship?

 

  • As we age, our friend groups can change. How do you go about making new friends. What strategies have worked well for you?

 

  • The friend you are most disappointed that you had a falling out with knocks on your door. He or she comes in and you two sit down and talk about the old times and the new times. Write the story.

 

  • What’s the craziest experience you’ve ever shared with your friends?

 

Did reading the prompts make you long to reach out to an old friend or express gratitude for a friend who is important? Try writing your friend a gratitude letter. You can read how here. Want to know more about how writing letters enhances friendships? Read this.

Do you have a letter you’re itching to write— One for a friend for a special birthday, to tell them how much they mean to you or just to say thank you for being a great friend?

Letters last a lifetime and help you express just how much you care for the people in your life, even yourself. If you aren’t sure where to start, I invite you to grab a copy of Deepening Connections with Legacy Letters where I show you how to craft one from the heart.