The other side of the coin

I used to get sad when a friend was moving out of town.  It felt like my world was shrinking.  What if more friends move out of town?  Until one day I'm left with no friends.  Then what am I gonna do?  Go make new friends?  I'm too old to make new friends.  I don't like to go out and meet people.

These are the thoughts I would have.

Then a thought occurred to me that maybe my world isn't getting smaller when a friend moves away.  Maybe the opposite is true.  And now that's how I like to look at it, I like to see my world as an ever expanding adventure around the globe.  My world's not getting smaller but it's growing, and it's getting bigger every time a friend leaves.  I have friends in NYC, San Francisco, Albuquerque, Oklahoma, Los Angeles, Indiana, Texas and probably many more places.

I'm not alone.  I'm welcome in many different states, if I so wish to visit.

The lesson for me is: If I think things are bad due to my perception on life, maybe I can look at the opposite angle see that there's that side of the coin too.