Artist and author Mary Anne Radmacher has a fun new book; Us!: Celebrating the Power of Friendship. Not only did I get a chance to review the book myself, but I have two copies to giveaway to two lucky readers! I loved everything about it, and it now sits on my coffee table, ready and willing to be read by all friends who enter.
“When we have a circle of friends, we have more fun. We get more done, we feel and are stronger, and we really do celebrate the power of our ‘us.’” – Mary Anne Radmacher
Mary Anne’s new book is specifically designed as a gift to be shared with the friends who help to define and enrich our lives. It is a beautiful little volume, featuring Mary Anne’s signature artwork, along with quotes, aphorism, poems and meditations on the power and importance of our relationships. It is an ideal gift idea for those friends who mean the most. Such a sweet gift to give (and receive)!
Here is a short essay from Mary Anne that I get to share with you! I loved this because I am one of the lucky ones who gets to count family as friends!
LUCKY, Lucky You…
I laugh as I remember my husband’s question as he listened to his friend relate a great experience he had. He asked, “Isn’t that guy a relative of yours?” His friend replied affirmatively and asked, “Why?” My husband expressed that it is outside his experience that somebody would have such a dynamic friendship with someone they are related to.
Are YOU lucky enough to have “Family as Friend?”
Are you fortunate enough to LIKE the people to whom you are related? If that one relative were not a blood-relation, would you choose them as a friend? If that is so, have you told them as much? Try it. Mention something like,
“I thought about you today. I recognize how blessed I am to be related to you. Essentially we are a “double header” because we are family AND I consider you one of my finest friends.”
Maybe this is a simple understanding between you that remains unspoken. The opportunity for loving and supportive words is available at every turn: utilize it.
If you would like a chance to win a copy of the book for yourself, please leave a comment on this post before midnight on November 18th, 2011. Why is friendship important in your life?