Laughter, Friendship and a Golden Girls Weekend
It started with a group text. “How about a road trip?” A few of us followed with a Zoom call to pick dates, and went back to the group text. Jen said “Listen…all kidding aside…this year has changed us all. I think we all know that nothing will be the same as it was. We need each other More than ever right now. You ladies feel like “home” to me and I for one need you all. Please try hard to make this happen.” A few hours later, seven women in five states were able to agree on a weekend in June.
We all own bath/body/beauty business and met at an Indie Business retreat. Two of the women live on Long Island, so I get to see them when I can. The rest live in Connecticut, Louisiana, North Carolina and Michigan. The group text and Facebook is how we communicate. It was our Golden Girls weekend.
We each have different political views and opinions. Some of us are loud and outgoing, others are quiet and reserved. A few decided not to get vaccinated, while the rest of us did. Some go to Church, some to Temple and others don’t go to a physical house to worship. Our businesses are all at different stages. It doesn’t matter, we all get along.
If laughter is good for the soul, then my soul is in excellent condition. I laughed more and harder than I have in a long time. We laughed, ate, talked and took photos. In the house we rented, at the beach, in the restaurants we were in. Don’t ask me how but Jen made the word chignon funny.
Someone made Pudding Shots and someone else made Lemon Drops. There was junk food and healthy food. I alternated between the two.
Meet My Friends
Laughter helps with stress reduction. It feels good to belly laugh. Laughing with friends helps us bond with each other. You can appreciate another person’s differences when you are laughing together. It’s infectious. Victor Borge said “Laughter is the closest distance between two people”. Maybe that’s what’s missing from the world today. I wish the rest of the world could respect each other the way we do.
When was the last time you felt unrestrained laughter?
Yours in Gratitude,