Ever since the book came out, I've received feedback about how it's made women think about friendships throughout their lives, as well as who is in their lives now. The goal of this blog is to open up and create a dialogue about friendships: the good, the bad, and the ugly.

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Monday, August 6, 2012

The Olympics

With the London Olympics under way, it’s been fascinating and inspiring to watch each event.  The amount of determination, focus and strength is shown as each individual gives his/her all – and hopes to take home gold.

Especially intriguing is watching the female groups: Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh (beach volleyball), Missy Franklin, Rebecca Soni, Dana Vollmer and Allison Schmitt (swimming) and the Fab Five's Gabby Douglas, Aly Raisman, Kyla Ross, McKayla Maroney and Jordyn Wieber (gymnastics) – to name a few.

To experience competing at the Olympics, these women are in an elite class.  They have trained and spent countless hours together, which has most likely led to a deep and powerful bond.  When we spend that much time together, it’s difficult not to become close and learn to trust each other – as these women seem to do.  There’s a lot of pressure on these women, and so they must learn how to depend on each other – learn and appreciate each other’s strengths and weaknesses.   

As we watch these individuals exhibit such poise and professionalism, we’re also reminded of beautiful friendships that are a result of sharing amazing experiences – ones that only a few get to experience.

What do you think when you watch these women compete?  Have you experienced the camaraderie that we often feel when we're members of the same team?  How does it impact the friendship?

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