Welcome to the CIRCLE of FRIENDS month of May here at Soul Gifts – Telling Tales!
You are invited to join me in celebrating friends and friendships in all their glorious colours, tones, shades, nuances. Since I started blogging back in August 2015, I have discovered a whole other dimension to friendships on the blogosphere. It was such an unexpected and very pleasant surprise. My personal Circle of Friends has grown to include people from all walks of life. From all over the world.
Here’s how it will work. Every Sunday of May I will publish a CIRCLE of FRIENDS topic for the week. You are invited to interpret it in any way you like. It could be a story, a poem, a photograph, a quote, a recipe or something else that is entirely ‘different and you’ … there is no limit to how friendships are made, nurtured and rekindled. It might be about a random stranger who became a friend for just a moment. Or someone who has weathered all storms with you. It might be about non-human friendships. Post your contribution to your own blog with a link to the Circle of Friends. Every Saturday I will magically pull it all together into a post so everyone can enjoy what has been shared.
Not a blogger? Doesn’t matter! You can still take part by emailing me at firstname.lastname@example.org , commenting at the end of the post. LinkedIn and Facebook are also options if you follow me there.
Take part in as many or as few as you like. The topics I suggest are just that – suggestions. You may have something else in mind. That’s fine too. Or you may want to visit week 1 in week 4. That’s OK too.
WEEK ONE TOPIC : a friendship mud map
When I googled the definition of friendship I was not prepared for what came up on my screen. There was not one simple definition. Friendships, it seems have expanded exponentially along with social media and the internet explosion. Here’s just a small sampling of what I found : Bromance, Critical Friend, Cross-sex friend, Frenemy, Interspecies friend, Womance, Showmance, Wilson the volley ball, Pen pal, Man date…
It got me to thinking about mud maps. My term. There’s probably a more fancy technical term for it. You know what I mean, those things that lecturers and social workers get you to create to identify all the important links and networks in your life. If you click this link it will show you some examples We had to create several of them when our life-and-everything-you-want-to-know-about-it was under the microscope for adoption assessments. I wonder what a mud map of friendship would be like? You don’t have to be literal about the interpretation of this! Unless you want to….
Listening to this might get your creative juices flowing
Like, Share, Reblog. Let’s make this Circle of Friends grow!!
© Raili Tanska