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A faithful friend is the medicine of life.



Andrew

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Andrew Keller

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Larry

You know, Andrew had heard this phrase for a number of times, and I wanted to talk about friendship. And then I realized, Oh, it's from the Bible. So we're getting biblical today. The phrase is a faithful friend, is the medicine of life comes from the Bible. I haven't mentioned that pleasee se 616. I was sort of thinking about this, because I got the chance to spend a weekend with one of my good friends was his 50th birthday, we did a golf trip. And the reason I think we're really good friends. And this is what I think friendship in general is, is when you've gone through good and bad times together. It's easy to have a friend where it's just been all parties and giggles and laughs. But my friend, I'll just keep a nameless, his wife passed away. And it was in that moment that I sort of stepped into his life and became his good friend. And so now when we have good times, I think they're really, really joyful, because we know bad times together. So I think the key that like having and being a really good friend is going through the joys and ups and the goods and Bad's with a particular person. Yeah, I


Andrew Keller

mean, I completely agree with that. I when I was reading this, I thought about medicine being like how it affects you. Because if you're going through something, if you're going through a bad time, you probably call or reach out to a friend or family right away and like how they can help you make you feel is positive. I remember, I went through a bad breakup in 2006, I think. And I was so sad. And there was nothing I could do. And I remember being like, I can see why people would do drugs, like I just don't want to feel this. I'm not going down that road. But like reaching out to people, I mean, on both sides of happy and sad times is like how is this person gonna affect you and like also calling the pert the wrong person could be like taking the wrong medicine, you could have a bad reaction to it. So like, choosing who you're around is pretty important.


Larry

Yeah, we all have different types of friends, right? We you know, we have word friends. You meet people at school, other parents, your neighbors, Are they friends, different categories of friends. So you know, everybody's not lumped into these deep, meaningful things. And that's good, too. Right? mean, all sorts of friends.


Andrew Keller

I think that's interesting, because it's going to be a different answer for every person. But like, do you do you think there's a maximum number of friends you can have that it can be meaningful? Because there's that, that thought that you can have a mile wide and an inch deep? Like those types of relationships? Are you gonna have a handful of friends that are like, through everything Nicole's friend group from high school has a saying no new friends. And they're like, We're good. We're at capacity. I think I might trend more towards a mile wide and an inch deep. But have you have you considered that?


Larry

No, I definitely am on Nicole's wagon. Because you know, just if you're if you're someone who has kids, or goes to work, you're going to meet different people at work, you're going to meet all sorts of friends of parents at parks and churches and outings and neighbors. And so I've definitely like when I go to these things, I'm like, yeah, I'm not looking for friends. But I'll be cordial and nice. But I'm not like, hey, let's get together next weekend. Because I really feel like I'm kind of giving myself to the crew that I already got for sure.


Andrew Keller

Yeah. Do you also read like reach out to people in times of joy, I feel like that sometimes that a lot of people miss out on is like sharing in successes with friends, like leaning on friends during hard times. makes more sense. But I think it's equally important to share your successes with people.


Larry

Yeah, that's true. But I think successes are easy. And I go back to my friend who I was talking about, like, I feel like we're trained as Americans to run away from grief and bad things. And I think it was like maybe the second time in my life that I reached out to someone in their like, dire moment, his wife passed away that I like sort of said like, you know what I'm not and we weren't that good friends. And the reason we weren't good friends was because his how I think all friendships were the wives have to like each other. Like I can know people, but we're not going to become super family close hang out all the time. Unless, unless the wives liked each other. And our wives were cordial, but they weren't like, and by the way, I'd be skeptical. And me too. Um, people meet me for the first time they go like that guy's a joker. So I don't blame his wife for going like that. Larry is crazy. But the wives weren't that close. And we weren't that close. It was only just because I was like, well, he's hurting. I'm going to reach out and I can't believe that. He was he reached back to me in his moment of whatever. And we that's how we truly got to be close was depths of darkness. Yeah,


Andrew Keller

I mean, I can I agree with that. But I also think that the times have especially well in Western culture, it seems like you're told in times of success to be humble and not celebrated. And I feel like that's something that's overlooked. And, and maybe you don't agree with that. But like, I have a hard time when I have success being like, Hey, this is like a positive thing. Let's celebrate it, because it feels like braggadocious. But maybe it's not.


Larry

You know, for sure, I mean, all races of life, you should, that's a part of life, right? So there's the good and bad. The other sort of idea with this is that, you know, I guess your family can become your friend, but you're sort of stuck with your family, like, you know, my brother's my brother, he can't run for me. Whereas you have a choice with a friend. And you have a choice to like, ejack on a friendship. So whereas you can't really do that with a sibling?


Andrew Keller

Yeah. Do you? Are you the type of person that would reach out to someone if like a friend outside of your family if you were having a hard time? Because I feel like you're you're very much the question asker in the life of the party, and it's, it's, I'm curious, Do you consider yourself that type of person?


Larry

Well, here's what I would say. I have definitely, as we all have gone through things in life that are like stress points. And I have found that when I go through a tough time, it's almost like, what's the Catholic practice of just saying something what you go in with the priest, what's that call confession, like just confessing to someone whatever's going on, like relieves that pressure. So there's been times in my life where I've felt pressure, and I've talked to a good friend, and said, What was going on? And just by saying it, and trusting someone, I feel like the pressure went away. So the answer point, yeah, I've definitely reached out and been like, here's what's going on. And it was definitely better for my soul.


Andrew Keller

I'm definitely fascinated by the concept that stress is something that can affect your overall well being and just like just saying, like you said, saying it out loud can relieve it. I had some I was in a really bad relationship. I had a bad job situation. And I was in out of the hospital for like a month because I thought there was something wrong with me, ended up quitting my job. And like two days later, it cleared up. It was just like, stressed the doctors couldn't diagnose it, but just letting go stuff is an important thing to be aware of, I


Larry

think. Yeah, you know, I think if people kind of looked at my life from like a 5000 foot view, they would see a lot of successes. I have lots of great things to be thankful for. But I think one of my true successes in life is my friends. I think I for some reason, got crazy. It uses we're blessed by just with amazing people around. And by the way, for the record, I am not an easy guy to be a friend with. I take things too far. I joke too much. I'm scatterbrained. Like anybody that's my good friend is truly my good friend and I put them through the wringer in their goods and Bad's and I am most proud of my friendships in life. That would be my tiny success in life. Well, if


Andrew Keller

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