I was fortunate enough in December of 2015 to speak at the Texas Tennis Coaches Association Convention in front of 50 high school coaches on “Teaching Life Skills On an Off The Court.” My lifelong friend Bobby Kleinecke (pictured with me) invited me to be a presenter. One of the highlights of my experience was listening to Peter Smith’s presentation. He is the well respected men’s tennis coach at USC. He talked about friendships and said they were divided into three groups: good friends, great friends, and extraordinary friends.
- A good friend is someone you might be connected with on Facebook.
- A great friend is someone you might talk to on the phone and have lunch with occasionally.
- An extraordinary friend is someone you might see or talk to often. Sometimes you might even go a long time without communicating, however when you get together it seems like yesterday. The difference is they are there for you in good times and bad. You can share your soul with each other.
A 75 year Harvard Study recently came to the simple conclusion that relationships (family and friends) are the key to a happy life. Your close personal relationships are just as important to your health as diet and exercise. I feel most people have few extraordinary friends simply because it takes time and work to cultivate them. Take the time to call and old friend. You would be surprised the joy it will bring you both!