Today it's simple, obvious, easy even.
But it's more than that. I think we need people in our lives and the people (known and unknown) in our lives are pivotal to our own development.
Want change? Want patience? Spend time in slow queues, with people who annoy you and talk too much and don't listen.
Want compassion? Spend time with people who've been dealt a hard hand. Not judging from the outside but seeing from the inside.
Want strength? Spend time with people who push themselves through adversity. Spend time with people who misunderstand you and don't believe in your dreams.
Want laughter? Spend time with people who see the funny in the world, who laugh at themselves, who are childlike. Heck, just spend time with some small kids you'll either laugh or go insane.
Want encouragement? Surround yourself with people who get out and do the stuff of life without making excuses, spend time with 'cheerleaders' who want you to succeed.
No, people will not solve all your problems or make you happy necessarily but, people will reveal who you are, they will sharpen you, challenge you and give you opportunity to become the best or worst version of yourself.
In isolation we can all be compassionate, thoughtful, patient and kind but when we rub up against others we have the opportunity to act out our ideals.(And we realise that naturally acting out those ideals is actually quite difficult sometimes!)
We have the chance to listen when we want to speak, to understand what we naturally turn away from, to give, rather than receive, to include, to be brave, to take a risk, to be part of a team.
When we spend time with others we have many, many opportunities to change the world. One action, word, gesture at a time.
I believe in relationships and as those wise words say I do believe that 'as iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another'.
So looking forward to adding to the beautiful people in my life this weekend. To being taught new things, to see the world through different eyes.