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A Tribute to Friendship

Friendship, true friendship, the kind that endures, and grows, comforts and inspires, is one of life’s greatest gifts. It has a bit of magic to it. It draws forth from within us the natural spontaneity and love of life that dwells within us all. It invites a spirit of discovery. It is a safe place where we can share with another human being just about anything and know that our thoughts and challenges, our pain, joy, and deepest realizations will be received and respected.

True friendship, in my experience, is pretty rare. But how I thank God that it is, and always will be, a very real possibility and potential in virtually any stage of life, but perhaps especially as we age.

It's a mystery, of course, this gift of friendship. We can't "make" it happen. It happens when it happens. Who can predict when it will come knocking on our door, or through whom it will appear?

I do know this, though. If we keep our sense of wonder alive, that we inherited as a child, and if we listen to the voice of courage and compassion in our heart true friendship will find us. Even in these difficult times, especially in these difficult times, it will find us. It will find YOU.

My love to you. If you have any more thoughts on the above, please share.

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Lucille November 4, 2017 at 4:09 pm

Dear Chris, I thank God for your beautiful spirit and true friendship through the many years I’ve known you, and I very much enjoy reading on “The Happy Seeker” all that you consistently share with us of your personal experiences—quite inspiring for many.

You expressed so perfectly what friendship, true friendship, is, and I totally agree with you on all that you said regarding it. I also appreciate what you said in this paragraph, and I quote in part: “I do know this though. If we keep our sense of wonder alive that we inherited as a child, etc.” I won’t repeat your words but they do tell a story, and it’s very beautiful. So very thankful I am for our true friendship, Chris.
Much love to you and Jo-Ann.

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Christopher Foster November 5, 2017 at 2:10 pm

Thank you Lucille. I am so very thankful for your friendship and your steadfast support for a long time. A lot of sad and frightening things going on in our world but it only takes a moment to turn our attention away from all that and hear the call of eternal spirit and love in the stillness of our being untroubled by anything of the outer world–a true friend indeed. Blessings.

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Sandra Oliverio November 4, 2017 at 5:30 pm

Dear, Loving Person, Chris-
I thank God that I found your blog and with it your friendship. You are such an inspiration and sense of comfort…yes, especially in these difficult times.

I have never met you in person and yet when I read your words, and I look at your picture, I feel as if I have known you forever. Why? Because you are that ‘forever friend’ that we all seek in life to connect with, to accept us and help us on the journey called Life!

God bless you and JoAnn.
Love and Kindness,
SandiO

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Christopher Foster November 5, 2017 at 6:49 pm

Thank you Sandi. I am so very touched not only by your words but by the spirit back of them. I think it was Carl Jung who coined the term synchronicity. Whatever we call it, there is a hand of grace on all our lives that if we listen, does indeed guide us and comfort us and help us connect with kindred spirits. How thankful I am that life found a way to help me connect with you. I don’t think too much in this life actually happens by chance, as much as we may sometimes think otherwise. You are a blessing in my life, for which I am very grateful. Take care and God bless.

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David Knox Banner November 6, 2017 at 6:23 am

Chris…in True Identity, all are our friends…yet, the intensity of this love current is stronger with some than others…may we be thankful for those with whom our love connection is strong and vibrant!

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Christopher Foster November 6, 2017 at 6:11 pm

Your words are beautiful. Thank you for sharing, David.

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Nancy Leefe November 21, 2017 at 7:53 pm

Hello Chris!

I don’t get a chance to communicate much but I save your blogs on my email until I get the chance! They are always so right-on for me! In agreement with everything you said about True Friendship, I am blessed and privileged to have many true friends. The kind that you don’t have to be in each other’s pocket, but goes so deep that when you see each other months or years later you pick up where you left off.

Thanks for giving expression to my truth! Happy Thanks Giving!
Nancy Leefe

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V Reddy November 23, 2017 at 6:22 am

This is so true…no one can predict when you will have the gift of friendship knocking on your doorstep…this is a beautiful post. Thanks so much for sharing it.

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