Recently, I had a period of time where
I needed my friends,
more than usual.
Here is a little tribute to them from
some reading I did this weekend:
"Friendship is a mirror to presence and
a testament to forgiveness.
Friendship not only helps us see ourselves
through another's eyes,
but can be sustained over the years only
with someone who has repeatedly forgiven us
as we must find it in ourselves
to forgive them in turn.
A friend knows our difficulties and shadows
and remains in sight,
a companion to our vulnerabilities
more than our triumphs,
when we are under the strange illusion that we do not need them.
An undercurrent of real friendship is a blessing
exactly because its elemental form
is rediscovered again and again
through understanding and
All friendships of any length
are based on a continued,
Without tolerance and mercy
all friendships die."
To my friends, new and old, near and far:
Thank you for your forgiveness,
and remaining in sight,
even though you so clearly see
I love all of you.