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The Life-sustaining Value Of Female Friendship During Covid

For most women, friends form the basis of our well-being. Sure, our partners may be on the front line, but, particularly for women over 60, friendships have great emotional heft. They form the basis of our social life and contribute greatly to the health of our psyche. These days? I cherish the life-sustaining value of female friendship. First Response: Panic When Covid crisis began, one of the first things I did was form an email community of various friends from all over the country. How were we coping? What strategies helped? Where were we, day to day, in this extraordinary journey?…

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Sharon – Female Formed

Trusting the Silence
“I’ve always liked quiet people. You never know if they’re dancing in a daydream or if they’re carrying the weight of the world.”
—John Green

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Fran – Female Formed

A Table is More than a Table
“Delaying gratification is a process of scheduling the pain and pleasure of life in such a way as to enhance the pleasure by meeting and experiencing the pain first and getting it over with. It is the only decent way to live.”
—M. Scott Peck

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Erika – Female Formed

Life-Changing Advice
“Bad advice will blind you, good advice will instruct you, excellent advice will enlighten you, and transcendent advice will elevate you.”
—Matshona Dhliwayo

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Revka – Female Formed

Consciousness-Raising
“Water and a bubble on it are one and the same. The bubble has its birth in the water, floats on it, and is ultimately resolved into it. Likewise, your consciousness is born in your brain, goes through various states in your lifetime and ultimately resolves into the brain.”
― Abhijit Naskar, Autobiography of God: Biopsy of A Cognitive Reality

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Carolina – Female Formed

The Wild One
“It has always fascinated me that we’re prepared to end a romantic relationship that is no longer working but are generally reluctant to do the same with friendships. Not all friendships are meant to last for life. People evolve, and friendships evolve with them.”—Sarah Morgan, Family for Beginners

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Mickey – Female Formed

Stranger in a Strange Land
“Unexpected kindness is the most powerful, least costly, and most underrated agent of human change.”
—Bob Kerrey

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Sooz – Female Formed

Lighten up!
“Humor can make a serious difference. In the workplace, at home, in all areas of life – looking for a reason to laugh is necessary. A sense of humor helps us to get through the dull times, cope with the difficult times, enjoy the good times and manage the scary times.”
—Steve Goodier

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Diana – Female Formed

Changing The Rules
“The first step to the knowledge of the wonder and mystery of life is the recognition of the monstrous nature of the earthly human realm as well as its glory, the realization that this is just how it is and that it cannot and will not be changed. Those who think they know how the universe could have been had they created it, without pain, without sorrow, without time, without death, are unfit for illumination.”
—Joseph Campbell

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