National Friendship Day is just seven days away, on Wednesday, November 27. It is a day designed to remind us about the importance of being kind, courteous and friendly to everyone. It is a day for every resident of The Bahamas – native or foreign, every business, educational institution, merchant and religious center, to go out of the way to demonstrate friendship in some form.
One way of demonstrating a heart of friendliness on that day is to give something away. You can also give something to someone who is not in financial need, but who is emotionally distraught and would appreciate someone showing a caring spirit towards them.
Here are a few things you could do on friendship day:
• Give words of appreciation: Write a letter to a friend. Call someone and uplift them by your words of encouragement.
• Give a smile: A warm smile can really change the heart of a stranger or someone who is sad or frightened.
• Give a gentle hug: Hugging a friend, a despondent person or a family member can be a demonstration of care and understanding.
• Give a cool drink: Giving a stranger or friend a cool glass of water without them asking for it can go a long way to open hearts of friendship.
• Give a meal: Invite a friend, neighbor or even stranger for a meal in your home or just to have a fun time.
• Give your space: Invite neighbors to watch a movie together with you on Christmas night.
• Give dry goods: Purchase dry goods such and peas, rice, fruits, pumpkin or canned goods or make an attractive food basket to give to someone in need.
• Give of your skills: On friendship day, it is a great time to repair someone’s roof, clean a car, install computer software, paint a wall, etc.
I’ll share the following wonderful story. (Have the tissue box nearby.)
It’s a cold day in December. A little boy about 10-years-old was standing before a shoe store on Broadway, barefooted, peering through the window and shivering with cold. A lady approached the boy and asked, “My little fellow, why are you looking so earnestly in that window?”
“I was asking God to give me a pair of shoes,” was the boy’s reply.
The lady took him by the hand and went into the store, and asked the clerk to get a half dozen pairs of socks for the boy. She then asked if he could give her a basin of water and a towel. He quickly brought them to her. She took the little fellow to the back part of the store and, removing her gloves, knelt down, washed his little feet and dried them with a towel.
By this time the clerk had returned with the socks. Placing a pair upon the boy’s feet, she then purchased him a pair of shoes, and tying up the remaining pairs of socks, gave them to him. She patted him on the head and said, “No doubt, my little fellow, you feel more comfortable now?”
As she turned to go, the astonished lad caught her by the hand, and looking up in her face, with tears in his eyes, answered the question with these words: “Are you God’s wife?”
This dear, kind lady gave more than shoes and socks on the cold winter day. She gave her time, her love and her concern. On friendship day do you think someone would ask you the question: “Are you God’s wife/husband?”
Our country is still severely hurting from Hurricane Dorian. Many people feel abandoned, forgotten and neglected. On National Friendship Day, let us show by our actions that we care. Especially remember all migrants among us. They are greatly in need of our friendship.
• Barrington Brennen is a counseling psychologist and marriage and family therapist. Send your questions to email@example.com or call 242-327-1980 or visit www.soencouragement.org.