I loved the picture above of the kitten making sure she was getting attention. None of us like to feel ignored. So often we feel a part of things when we make the effort and keep in contact with everyone and what their doing, but what happens when we don't? What happens when we are too tired, or too stressed, or too sick, or too "whatever" to chase after people?
When we drop the ball for a while we find out who our true friends are. The people who call or message to see how we're going or to tell us they missed us are the friends we need to keep in our lives. Fair weather friends who only show up when things are easy and the going is all plain sailing, are really not our friends.
You can't ignore a cat who wants to sit on your lap, you can't ignore a dog who wants you to throw the ball for them and you shouldn't ignore friends who need you to step up and put some effort into the relationship when things are a bit tough for them. It's draining if things are always tough in their world, but more often it's just a passing phase and that little bit of time and attention can make all the difference.
Hold on tight to the friends who go the extra mile for you. Don't forget to be one of those friends when it's your turn. Don't waste time on fair weather friends, instead make sure you know your own worth and invest in relationships where there is give and take and a healthy appreciation for each other.