Confidence is the foundation of friendship. If we give it, we will receive it.
Harry E. Humphreys, Jr
Someone the other day shared with me that they envied those of us who had friends that cared about our welfare. I was sorry that she was so lonesome and wondered why she seemed so alone.
It may be that she concentrated more on her needs than she does on the needs of others. I really believe that friendships are earned. If you want to make friends, be one first. It is those folks who open their hearts to others who never lack good friends. Not only that but caring for others is good for the soul.
Here is a story that warns us not to always put ourselves first.
A story about friendship
A voyaging ship was wrecked during a storm at sea and only two of the men on it were able to swim to a small, desert like island.
The two survivors who have been good friends, not knowing what else to do, agreed that they had no other recourse but to pray to God. However, to find out whose prayer was more powerful, they agreed to divide the territory between them and stay on opposite sides of the island.
The first thing they prayed for was food. The next morning, the first man saw a fruit-bearing tree on his side of the land, and he was able to eat its fruit. The other man’s parcel of land remained barren.
After a week, the first man was lonely and he decided to pray for a wife. The next day, another ship was wrecked, and the only survivor was a woman who swam to his side of the land. On the other side of the island, there was nothing.
Soon the first man prayed for a house, clothes, more food. The next day, like magic, all of these were given to him. However, the second man still had nothing.
Finally, the first man prayed for a ship, so that he and his wife could leave the island. In the morning, he found a ship docked at his side of the island. The first man boarded the ship with his wife and decided to leave the second man on the island.
He considered the other man unworthy to receive God’s blessings, since none of his prayers had been answered.
As the ship was about to leave, the first man heard a voice from heaven booming, “Why are you leaving your companion on the island?”
“My blessings are mine alone, since I was the one who prayed for them,” the first man answered. “His prayers were all unanswered and so he does not deserve anything.”
“You are mistaken!” the voice rebuked him. “He had only one prayer, which I answered. If not for that, you would not have received any of my blessings.”
“Tell me,” the first man asked the voice, “What did he pray for that I should owe him anything?”
“He prayed that all your prayers be answered “
Moral: For all we know, our blessings are not the fruits of our prayers alone, but those of another praying for us. Value your friends, don’t leave your loved ones behind.
You can make more friends in two months by becoming really interested in other people, than you can in two years by trying to get other people interested in you.
More from our Nurses.
-:- The patient furthest away from the nurses’ station rings the call bell more often than the patient nearest to the nurses’ station.
-:- You always remember “just one more thing” you need after you’ve gowned, gloved, and masked and gone into that isolation room.
-:- The correct depth of compression in adult CPR is a bit less than the depth you just reached when you broke those ribs.
-:- When you cancel extra staff because it’s so quiet, you are guaranteed a rash of admissions.
-:- If you wear a new white uniform, expect to be thrown up on.
-:- There is always a way, and it usually doesn’t work.
-:- When management smiles at you, be afraid, very afraid …
-:- Staffing will gladly send you three aides–but you have to float two of your RNs.
-:- As soon as you discontinue the IV line, more fluids will be ordered.
-:- Mandatory meetings are always scheduled after you’ve had the night from hell and just want to go home to bed.
-:- You always forget what it was you wanted after you get to the supply room. You always remember when you get back to the other end.
-:- Doctors only ask your name when the patient isn’t doing well.
-:- Success occurs when no one is looking, failure occurs when the boss is watching.
-:- The more sophisticated the equipment, the longer it takes to get repaired.
-:- Experience is something you don’t get until just after you need it.
-:- As soon as you’ve ordered the pizzas, 25 patients show up at the ER registration desk along with three ambulances all with cardiac arrests!
“If I have caused just one person to wipe away a tear of laughter, that’s my reward.”
Dr. Seuss Explains Why Computers Sometimes Crash
If a packet hits a pocket on a socket on a port,
and the bus is interrupted at a very last resort,
and the access of the memory makes your floppy disk abort,
then the socket packet pocket has an error to report.
If your cursor finds a menu item followed by a dash,
and the double-clicking icon puts your window in the trash,
and your data is corrupted cause the index doesn’t hash,
then your situation’s hopeless and your system’s gonna crash!!
If the label on the cable on the table at your house
says the network is connected to the button on your mouse,
but your packets want to tunnel to another protocol,
that’s repeatedly rejected by the printer down the hall,
and your screen is all distorted by the side effects of gauss,
so your icons in the window are as wavy as a souse;
then you may as well reboot and go out with a bang,
‘cuz sure as I’m a poet, the sucker’s gonna hang!
When the copy of your floppy’s getting sloppy in the disk,
and the macro code instructions cause unnecessary risk,
then you’ll have to flash the memory and you’ll want to RAM your ROM.
Quickly turn off the computer and be sure to tell your Mom!
Your marriage is in trouble if your wife says, “You’re only interested in one thing,” and you can’t remember what it is.
A collector of rare books ran into an acquaintance who told him he had just thrown away an old Bible that he found in a dusty, old box. He happened to mention that Guten-somebody-or-other had printed it.
“Not Gutenberg?” gasped the collector. “Yes, that was it!” “You idiot! You’ve thrown away one of the first books ever printed. A copy recently sold at auction for half a million dollars!”
“Oh, I don’t think this book would have been worth anything close to that much,” replied the man. “It was scribbled all over in the margins by some clown named Martin Luther.”
May your life be as beautiful as a summer day with just enough clouds to make you appreciate the sunshine.
Dear God, so far today, I’ve done all right. I haven’t gossiped, and I haven’t lost my temper.
I haven’t been grumpy, nasty or selfish, and I’m really glad of that!
But in a few minutes, God, I’m going to get out of bed, and from then on, I’m probably going to need a lot of help.
Thank you! Amen.
The glory of friendship is not the outstretched hand, not the kindly smile, nor the joy of companionship; it is the spiritual inspiration that comes to one when you discover that someone else believes in you and is willing to trust you with a friendship.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
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