To be a friend
means to encourage strengths in others
and accepting their weaknesses;
in other words,
accepting them
for who they are.

The reality of the other person
is not in what s/he reveals to you,
but in what s/he cannot reveal to you.
Therefore, if you would understand her/him,
listen not to what s/he says
but rather what s/he does not say.
  Life is partly what we make it,

and partly
what it is made
by the friends
whom we choose.

but . . .

one does not make friends,
one recognizes them.

and . . .
the only way
to have a friend
is to be one. 3

Ordinary friendships come and go,
like waves upon the sand,
like day and night,
like birds in flight,
like snowflakes when they land,
but you and I are something else,
our friendship's here to stay,
like weeds and rocks and old dirty socks,
it never goes away.

Return to old watering holes
for more than water;
friends and dreams are there
to meet you.

so . . .

don't be dismayed
by good-byes.

A farewell is necessary
before you can meet again.

And meeting again,
after moments or lifetimes,
is certain for those who are friends.

When it hurts to look back,
and you're scared to look ahead,
you can look beside you
and your best friend will be there.

That way you’ll know . . .

If you're alone,
I'll be your shadow.

If you want to cry,
I'll be your shoulder.

If you want a hug,
I'll be your pillow.

If you need to be happy,
I'll be your smile.

But anytime you need a friend,
I'll just be me.

So, please remember . . .

I may be out of your sight,
But I would never be out of your life.
I may be out of your reach,
But I would never be out of your heart.
I may leave but you would never be forgotten.

I may leave this place and people whom I trust
But the memories of being in this place
Would always be with me.
I may start a new life in a new place
But then, I would always keep your memories.

I promise you I'll come back
And we'll continue the friendship we had.

The people and circumstances around me
do not make me what I am,
reveal who I am. 10
The glory of friendship
is not the outstretched hand,
not the kindly smile,
not the joy of companionship;

it is the spiritual inspiration that comes to one
when he discovers that someone believes in him
and is willing to trust him with his friendship.

Be careful the environment you choose
for it will shape you;

be careful the friends you choose
for you will become like them.
a fair-weather friend
changes with the wind.

a true friend is one
with whom you
are comfortable,
to whom you are loyal,
through whom you are blessed,
and for whom
you are grateful.  
[1] ~Chinese Proverb
[2] ~Unknown
[3] ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
[4] ~anon
[5] ~African Proverb
[6] ~Richard Bach
[7] ~Author Unknown
[8] ~Author Unknown
[9] –Friendship ~Rica Zuniga
[10]  ~Dr. Laura Schlessinger
[11] ~Catherine Pulsifer
[12] ~Kahlil Gibran
[13] ~Ralph Waldo Emerson
[14] ~W. Clement Stone
[15] ~Spanish Proverb
[16]  ~William Arthur Ward
This Thing Called Friendship
MorningStar Inspiration from Dawn Cove Abbey
From the eBook: "One! The Journey hOMe", by Klaas Tuinman MA, © 2007-2019