Monday, July 20, 2009

Friendship ~ Monday Musings

Friendship IXX
by Khalil Gibran
And a youth said, "Speak to us of Friendship."

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 unacclaimed.

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 its 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.

My son had his college graduation party this weekend with his friends (we had a family party several weeks ago). He has several good friends locally that he has been close with since Elementary School. It was also great that so many of his college friends traveled to Maine for a visit. They are all a great group of young adults whom I am sure will do well in this ever-changing, fast paced world of ours. My husband and I were very pleased with his college experience and the friendships he has cultivated along the way. I am confident in witnessing the bond of their friendship, they will share much in this lifetime. Life can be so unpredictable with it's ups and downs, yet as I get older I realize that true friendship is so precious and adds so much meaning to our lives. That inner connection shared by giving honestly, deeply, generously and unselfishly to each other is a wonderful gift people share and what I personally cherish most in life. As a parent I take comfort knowing he has people he loves and that love him and they will care for each other throughout their lives. It is as Gibran said, "For in the dew of little things the heart finds its morning and is refreshed".


Hollyrocks said...

Wow, this is so inspiring. I can tell that you are very proud of your son, and with good reason. He seems like a good person who draws other good people to him, and you're right; that is very important in the world we live in. It says a lot that his friends were willing to drive from out of town just to be there for his party. I need more friends in a bad way.

joseph said...

i tip my hat to friendship and to you -- your son and your family! heartwarming and inspiring! hugs...pops!

Tiedupmemories said...

Love that! Great photo and well said! Wishing you a happy week!

Mrs.Kwitty said...

What a beautiful post--made me feel a little teary and grateful for the good friends I have made in my life. It's so good to see your son and his friends, so fresh and young and happy--God bless them,
Smiles, Karen

circleinthesand said...

Awwww, this is so sweet!! I wish for your son all the good things in life and much success as he makes the move into real 'adulthood'. May he always have his friends with him!!!