Wednesday, January 27, 2010

A Friend Indeed

A friend is one to whom one can pour out all the contents of one’s heart chaff and grain together knowing that the gentlest of hands will take and sift it keeping what is worth keeping and with the breath of kindness blow the rest away.
~ Arab Proverb ~
What would life be like without friends? Some people have a gaggle of them and others, like me, have a precious few.

One of the hallmarks of a strong friendship -- this includes spouses or partners who are great friends -- is the ability to offer and receive constructive criticism. Too often in life, we each see criticism as a slam, put-down or a mechanism used to try to wound us. A close friend, however, can more easily point out when we've stuck our foot in our mouths or committed a social blunder and we're more willing to listen and change.


  1. Hello, your faithful copy editor here. I like the idea of a social "plunder" but I think you mean a social "blunder." Or maybe not.

    I hope you take all my comments in the spirit of friendship, or "aloha" as we say in Hawaii.

    And congratulations of five years of blogging. Your incredible frequency is probably what brings me back at least every day.

  2. Error noted AND corrected. Almost everybody could benefit from a keen copy editor, so I'm glad I have you. :)


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