January 11, 2019
Life without friendship is like the sky without the sun.
I am off this morning to a very early breakfast with a relatively new friend. Earlier this week I had lunch with a highly regarded community leader who I greatly admire. And yesterday I lunched with an old friend who is an author, editor, teacher and social commentator.
These friends and those here in my new residence keep my days stimulating and interesting. The older I get the more I realize that the material things offer little when compared to human companionship. The lack of many things I once had has allowed me to place more value on what I do have, especially my friends.
- Friends love you tops when you are at the bottom.
- Friends look up to you when the rest of the world is looking down.
- Friends lets you step on their toes to help you get on your feet.
- Friends show you the meaning of true friendship, not the meaningless of it.
- Friends shoot straight with you, not at you.
- Friends know most of your faults and care the least.
- Friends tell you when you are wrong, and not everybody else.
- Friends don’t complain when you neglect them, only when you neglect yourself.
- Friends let you worry them more than their enemies.
- Friends want to know about your achievements as well as your losses.
- Friends are behind you when you’re taking bows and beside you when taking boos.
- Friends don’t split with you, when you flop, but split what they have.
- Friends are your best press agents and they do this for free.
- Friends have no greater love than to lay down their lives for their Friends.
Thank you for being my Friend.
A friend hears the song in my heart and sings it to me when my memory fails.
A man and woman were celebrating 50 years together. Their three kids, all very successful, agreed to a Sunday dinner in their honor.
“Happy Anniversary Mom and Dad,” gushed son number one… “Sorry I’m running late… had an emergency, you know how it is, didn’t have time to get you both a present.”
Not to worry,” said the dad…”the important thing is that we’re all here together today.”
Son number two arrived and announced, “You and Mom still look great, Dad. Just flew in from L.A. and didn’t have time to get you a present… Sorry.”
It’s nothing,” said the father, “Glad you were able to be here.”
Just then the daughter arrived, “Hello both of you, Happy Anniversary! I’m sorry, but my boss is sending me out of town and I was really busy packing… so I didn’t have time to get you guys anything.”
Again the father said, “I really don’t care, at least the five of us are together today.”
After they had all finished dessert, the father put down his knife and fork, looked up and said, “Listen up, all three of you, there’s something your mother and I have wanted to tell you for a long time. You see, we were very poor. Despite this, we were able to raise each of you and send you to college. All through the years your mother and I knew that we loved each other very much but… we just never found the time to get married.”
The three kids gasp and said, “You mean we’re bastards?”
“Yep,” said the dad…”and cheap ones too!”
My memory’s not as sharp as it used to be. Also, my memory’s not as sharp as it used to be.
Three businessmen were having dinner at a club. When it came time to pay the check, each grabbed for it.
“It’s a business expense,” said one.
“I’ll pay,” said the second. “I’m on cost plus.”
“Let me have it,” argued the third. “I’m filing for bankruptcy next week.”
She: “I’m not looking to get involved with one particular guy right now.”
He: “Well, luckily for you, I’m not exactly known for being particular.”
She said: For years my husband denied he was an aggressive driver. That changed one day when we were out for a ride with our three-year-old, Matthew. Seeing a teaching opportunity, I began quizzing Matthew about traffic lights.
“What does a red light mean?” I asked.
“How about green?”
In his best impression of Daddy, Matthew bellowed, “Hang on!”
Happiness is the delicate balance between what one is and what one has.
She said: One of my third-graders came to school crying. “Jonathan’s upset because he couldn’t complete his math homework,” his mother explained.
“Why’s that?” I asked.
“Unfortunately,” she said, “our computer doesn’t have Roman numerals.”
He who smiles rather than rages is always the stronger.
She said: As a switchboard operator in one of Philadelphia’s busiest hotels, I often relay messages to guests.
One evening a gentleman called me because the message light on his phone was flashing. “This is Mr. Grant in Room 1162. Do you have a message for me?”
“Yes,” I replied, “the message is from Sue. She says she loves you and misses you.”
There was silence on the other end before he asked, “Did she leave a last name?”
I cannot even imagine where I would be today were it not for that handful of friends who have given me a heart full of joy.
Charles R. Swindoll
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