Favorite people,
favorite places,
favorite memories of the past,
these are the joys of a lifetime . . .

These are the things that last . . .
for  
we are shaped
and fashioned
by what we love. 2

People need people,
and friends,
need friends.

And we all need love
for a full life depends

Not on vast riches
or great acclaim

Not on success
or on worldly fame

But just in knowing
that someone cares,

And holds us close
in their thoughts and prayers.

For only the knowledge
that we're understood

Makes everyday living
feel wonderfully good

And we rob ourselves
of life's greatest need,

        When we 'lock up our hearts'
        and fail to heed
                the outstretched hand
                reaching to find
                        a kindred spirit
                        whose heart and mind
                are lonely
        and longing
to somehow share

our joys and sorrows
and to make us aware
that life's completeness
and richness
depends
on the things we share
with our loved ones
and friends. 3

No love, no friendship
can cross the path of our destiny
without leaving some kind of mark on it forever. 4

A friend is someone who can see
the truth and pain in you
even when you are fooling everyone else. 5

Sometimes
in life,
you encounter a special person;

Someone who changes your life
just by being part of it.

Someone who makes you laugh
until you can't stop;
Someone
who makes you believe
that there really
is
good in the world.

Someone who convinces you
that there really is
an unlocked door
just waiting for you to open it.
This is real friendship. 6

A good friend is a connection to life
- a tie to the past,
a road to the future,
the key to sanity in a totally insane world. 7

A friendship that stops existing,
was actually never there. 8

Friendships, like relationships,
don’t fail;
        
people fail.
                 In a friend you find a second self. 9
                 
for each friend speaks to a different aspect of who we are.
                 (as we speak to the different aspects of who our friends are).

We are each like a precious cut gem (or cut-crystal glass)
with many aspects and parts - facets,

Each friend brings out, and highlights
a slightly different part of us . . .
To let that facet shine . . .

With many friends - each adding lustre to a facet . . .
We burst out in shining rays of light
- this is one of the over-riding joys of  friendship . . .

Thus it is with friends
- all different,
- all complementing
a part of the circle of life
we call
“me”. 10
Good books,
like good friends,
are few and chosen;
the more select,
 the more enjoyable. 11
I never came to you, my friend,
                        and went away
                                without some new enrichment
                                         of the heart;

More faith
and less of doubt,
more courage in the days ahead.

And often in great need
coming to you,
I went away comforted indeed.

How can I find the shining word,
the glowing phrase
that tells all that your love has meant to me,
all that your friendship spells?
My deepest  prayer is that
I may always be the kind of friend
with whom you dare to be yourself.
I always knew
looking back on the tears
would make me laugh.

But I never knew
looking back on the laughs
would make me cry. 1
There is no word,
no phrase for you
on whom I so depend.

All I can say to you is this,

God Bless You,
precious friend.
12


I offer you
The sacred rose
of friendship
* From, "One!The Journey hOMe", the eBook  by Klaas Tuinman MA, ©2007-17
-The Sacred Rose Of Friendship

Credits:
[1] ~Author Unknown
[2] ~Goethe
[3] -Everyone Needs Someone ~Helen Steiner Rice
[4] ~Author Unknown
[5] ~Unknown
[6] ~Unknown
[7] ~Lois Wyse
[8] ~Author Unknown
[9] ~Isabelle Norton
[10] K. Tuinman
[11] ~Louisa May Alcott
[12] -Thank You Friend ~Grace Noll Crowell
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"One! The Journey Home"
Selections from the book.
Dawn Cove Abbey
Roadside assistance for your Journey through Life
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The Sacred Rose Of Friendship