February 1, 2018
Friends are the family you choose
Jess C. Scott
I was somewhat overwhelmed yesterday, I not only celebrated my birthday with my family, I also received well wishes from friends and former colleagues from various parts of the world. There were even messaged from people that only know me through my daily ramblings.
My age has resulted in my not getting around as much as I use to resulting in less contact with folks. Yesterday was proof that friendships don’t require constant contact, they exist strengthened by the memories of past shared experiences. A friend in Norway reminded me of my happy times there. An Indianapolis civic leader’s greeting brought back memories of our joint efforts over the years. A New York health worker brought back recollections of her good heart and past kindness.
To all who wrote I appreciate the gift of your friendship, I truly treasure not only the relationships but all so the times we have shared. Now I begin again, I may not run as fast but I can still enjoy my world and the life it provides.
Here is a story that relates to how I feel about all who have sat on the stump beside me.
We are never alone
Do you know the legend of the Cherokee Indian youth ‘s rite of passage?
His father takes him into the forrest…blindfolded…and leaves him….alone. He is required to sit on a stump the whole night…and not take off the blindfold until the ray of sun shines through it. He is all by himself. He cannot cry out for help to anyone.
Once he survives the night…he is a MAN. He cannot tell the other boys of this experience. Each boy must come into his own manhood.
The boy was terrified…could hear all kinds of noise…Beasts were all around him. Maybe even some human would hurt him. The wind blew the grass and earth… and it shook his stump. But he sat stoically…never removing the blindfold. It would be the only way he could be a man.
Finally, after a horrific night…the sun appeared and he removed his blindfold. It was then that he saw his father…sitting on the stump next to him…at watch…the entire night.
We are never truly alone. Even when we do not know it, our family and friends are watching out for us…sitting on a stump beside us.
Let us be grateful to people who make us happy, they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.
Things Your Mom Would Never Say To You —
“How on earth can you see the TV sitting so far back?”
“Yeah, I used to skip school a lot, too”
“Just leave all the lights on … it makes the house look more cheery”
“Let me smell that shirt — Yeah, it’s good for another week”
“Go ahead and keep that stray dog, honey. I’ll be glad to feed and walk him every day”
“Well, if Timmy’s mom says it’s OK, that’s good enough for me.”
“The curfew is just a general time to shoot for. It’s not like I’m running a prison around here.”
“Don’t bother wearing a jacket – the wind-chill is bound to improve.”
A new neighbor asked the little girl next door if she had any brothers and sisters. She replied, “No, I’m the lonely child.”
A wife went to the police station with her next-door neighbor to report that her husband was missing. The policeman asked for a description.
She said, “He’s 35 years old, 6 foot 4, had dark eyes, dark wavy hair, an athletic build, weighs 185 pounds, is soft-spoken, and is good to the children.”
The next-door neighbor protested, “Your husband is 5 foot 4 inches, chubby, bald, has a big mouth, and is mean to your children.”
The wife replied, “Yes, but who wants HIM back?”
Blutarsky’s Axiom: Nothing is impossible for the man who will not listen to reason.
Three old men are at the doctor for a memory test. The doctor says to the first old man, “What is three times three?”
“274” was his reply.
The doctor worriedly says to the second man, “It’s your turn. What is three times three?”
“Tuesday” replies the second man.
The doctor sadly says to the third man, “Okay, your turn. What’s three times three”?
“Nine” says the third man.
“That’s great!” exclaims the doctor. “How did you get that”?
“Jeez, Doc, it’s pretty simple,” says the third man. “I just subtracted 274 from Tuesday.”
If you want people to think you wise, just agree with them.
A customer was continually bothering the waiter in a restaurant; first, he’d asked that the air conditioning be turned up because he was too hot, then he asked it be turned down because he was too cold, and so on for about half an hour.
Surprisingly, the waiter was very patient, walking back and forth and never once getting angry. So finally, a second customer asked why didn’t they just throw out the pest.
“Oh I don’t care.” said the waiter with a smile. “We don’t even have an air conditioner.”
“I saw my psychiatrist. I told him, ‘Doc, I keep thinking I’m a dog.’ He told me to get off his couch.”
True friendship multiplies the good in life and divides its evils. Strive to have friends, for life without friends is like life on a desert island… to find one real friend in a lifetime is good fortune; to keep him is a blessing.
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