"A friend is someone who knows the song in your heart, and can sing it back to you when you have forgotten the words."
I have come to believe that the thread that enriches the tapestry that we weave as our life goes on is the friendships we make. Yesterday I visited a friend and former colleague who has endured an extended hospital ordeal encompassing weeks of multiple surgeries complicated by an infection that ravaged his body that almost ending his life and did result in the need to amputate the toes on one of his feet. When I saw him he was in better spirits that most of us would be if we had gone through so much. He has lost a lot of weight and still is limited to only a few hours a day in a chair and is undergoing a daily stay in an oxygen chamber to accelerate the healing process from his foot surgery.
My friend has built many global friendships over the years and I did my best to keep many of those friends informed about Bill’s ordeal and his progress. As I expected they rallied to the need for prayer and communication of their wishes for a speedy and full recovery. As Bill and I talked yesterday we reminisced recalling the times we spent with our common friends both here in the U.S, and overseas. I honestly believe that the memories revisited in themselves were therapeutic and have hastened his recovery and helped to sustain his positive attitude. So my friends please cherish your friendships for in truth they are some of your most valued possessions. Here is something I saved that I worth remembering.
In kindergarten your idea of a good friend was the person who: -let you have the red crayon when all that was left was the ugly black one.
In primary school your idea of a good friend was the person who:
-went to the bathroom with you;
-held your hand as you walked through the scary halls;
-helped you stand up to the class bully;
-shared their lunch with you when you forgot yours on the bus;
-saved a seat on the back of the bus for you;
-knew who you had a crush on and never understood why
In secondary school your idea of a good friend was the person who:
-let you copy the social studies homework;
-went to that "cool" party with you so you wouldn’t wind up being the only freshie there;
-did not let you lunch alone
In pre-university your idea of a good friend was the person who:
-gave you rides in their new car;
-convinced your parents that you shouldn’t be grounded;
-consoled you when you broke up with Nick or Susan;
-found you a date to the prom or went to the prom with you (both without dates);
-helped you pick a university and assured you that you would get into that university;
-helped you deal with your parents who were having a hard time letting you go
On the threshold of adulthood your idea of a good friend was the person who:
-was there when you just couldn’t deal with your parents;
-assured you that now that you and Nick or you and Susan were back together and you’ll could make it through anything;
-just silently hugged you as you looked through blurry eyes at 18 years of memories;
-and reassured you that you would make it in university as well as you had these past 18 years;
-and most importantly sent you off to university knowing you were loved
Now, your idea of a good friend is still the person who:
-gives you the better of the two choices,
-hold your hand when you’re scared,
-helps you fight off those who try to take advantage of you,
-thinks of you at times when you are not there,
-reminds you of what you have forgotten,
-helps you put the past behind you but understands when you need to hold on to it a little longer,
-stays with you so that you have confidence,
-goes out of their way to make time for you,
-helps you clear up your mistakes,
-helps you deal with pressure from others,
-smiles for you when they are sad,
-helps you become a better person, and most importantly loves you!
By the way, I am really glad we are friends.
“This is my wish for you: Comfort on difficult days, smiles when sadness intrudes, rainbows to follow the clouds, laughter to kiss your lips, sunsets to warm your heart, hugs when spirits sag, beauty for your eyes to see, friendships to brighten your being, faith so that you can believe, confidence for when you doubt, courage to know yourself, patience to accept the truth, Love to complete your life.”
After the church service, a little boy told the pastor, "When I grow up, I’m going to give you some money."
"Well, thank you," the pastor replied, "but why?"
"Because my daddy says you’re one of the poorest preachers we’ve ever had."
"Computers are useless. They can only give you answers."
The woman was always frequenting small antique shops, but regardless of what she saw there, she always complained about something. The quality was poor, the prices too high, or the selection was limited. The shop owners took it in stride, but one day, while ranting and raving, she yelled at the clerk, "Why is it I never manage to get what I ask for in your shop?"
The clerk simply smiled and replied, "Possibly, ma’am, because we’re too polite."
"Whoever said you can’t buy happiness forgot about puppies."
While teaching children about world religions, a teacher asked her students to bring a symbol of their family’s faith to class. The next day, she asked each student to come forward and share the symbol with the class.
The 1st child said, "I’m Muslim, and this is my prayer rug."
The 2nd child said, "I’m Jewish, and this is my family’s menorah."
The 3rd child said, "I’m Roman Catholic, and this is my Mom’s rosary."
The 4th child said, "I’m Greek Orthodox, and this is an icon of my patron saint."
The 5th child said, "I’m Southern Baptist, and this is my casserole dish."
TEACHER: Willy, name one important thing we have today that we didn’t have 10 years ago.
My daughter-in-law, pregnant with her second child, was certain she wanted an epidural for pain management during childbirth. Her doctor asked her at which stage of labor she wanted the epidural administered.
Her response: "Just meet me in the parking lot!"
I know so little that it astonishes me how many people know even less.
My phone bill was past due and I needed to change my service, so I had to visit the local office. The line wasn’t clearly formed, and there was an old man with a cane nearby me. It was unclear as to who was next.
When we got to the front of the line, the man gestured to me and said, "After you."
I smiled at him and said, "No, please, after you. I have all day."
The he said, "No. You go ahead. My doctor says I have at least six months."
Even though we’ve changed and we’re all finding our own place in the world, we all know that when the tears fall or the smile spreads across our face, we’ll come to each other because no matter where this crazy world takes us, nothing will ever change so much to the point where we’re not all still friends.”
Stay well, do good work, and have fun.
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