Even the Trees stand apart in their growth and their difference
I was doing a bit of reflection on friendship yesterday, and as I pondered on it, I felt so grateful for those friendships in my life that have never put pressure on me to conform.
Friendship that refuses to recognise and preserve difference isn’t friendship at all. We may pretend it is, but in the end it has very little to do with friendship.
That which grows together in relationship always needs space to express difference. The poet Kahlil Gibran said: “But let there be spaces in your togetherness, let the winds of the heavens dance between you.” I think it’s that space between, in which the winds of the heavens dance, that actually causes our friendships to dance; and like the trees in the image above, it also allows the light of difference to shine through.