May 012010
 
Friends by doriana_s

Friendship is one of the most important things in life. True friends increase your joys and celebrate your successes. They are there to nourish your soul and bring harmony to your life. When you face difficulties, they provide you with support and comfort to press on. True friends are aware of and accept your many failings. But when it is required they are also your harshest critic. They are unafraid to say the things that you need to hear because they care. Because of true friends, you grow to become the best that you can be. It is not easy being a true friend, but they are there for us day in day out. Let us take this time to remember and give thanks for our true friends as we read the following extract taken from “The Prophet” by the famed Lebanese poet Kahlil Gibran.

Friendship by Kahlil Gibran

“And a youth said, Speak to us of Friendship.
And he answered, saying:
Your friend is your needs answered.
He is your field which you sow with love and reap with thanksgiving.
And he is your board and your fireside.
For you come to him with your hunger, and you seek him for peace.

When your friend speaks his mind you fear not the “nay” in your own mind, nor do you withhold the “ay”.
And when he is silent your heart ceases not to listen to his heart;
For without words, in friendship, all thoughts, all desires, all expectations are born and shared, with joy that is unclaimed.
When you part from your friend, you grieve not;
For that which you love most in him may be clearer in his absence, as the mountain to the climber is clearer from the plain.
And let there be no purpose in friendship save the deepening of the spirit.
For love that seeks aught but the disclosure of its own mystery is not love but a net cast forth: and only the unprofitable is caught.

And let your best be for your friend.
If he must know the ebb of your tide, let him know the flood also.
For what is your friend that you should seek him with hours to kill?
Seek him always with hours to live.
For it is his to fill your need, but not your emptiness.
And in the sweetness of friendship let there be laughter, and sharing of pleasures.
For in the dew of little things the heart finds its morning and is refreshed.”

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  3 Responses to “Friendship”

  1. Hallo Vizer, I really like your articles. They are thought-provoking and challenging. Friendship is one of those gifts that people often take for granted. It might be because the modern definition of friendship is based on the notion that you are a friend if I can get something from you without you asking for too much in return. Sounds a bit cynical, eh?
    Anyway, I always say that a good friend is the personification of God’s grace.
    Keep writing.
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    • Hi Anne,

      I am glad that you like my articles! :)

      Indeed, a good friend is the personification of God’s grace. Having friends we can count on in dark times is indeed a blessing which we could all use. While it may be that some people make friends out of self-interest, it is always good to put our friends first where we can.

      Thank you for your lovely comments! :)

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