that we meet in our lives
but only a very few
will make a lasting impression
on our minds and hearts
It is these people that we will
think of often
and who will always remain
important to us
as true friends
that what you really are
is all the experiences
and all the thoughts
you've ever had
and all the people
who have touched your life,
no matter how briefly.
After a while you learn
that troubles are temporary
aren't always permanent.
You learn that many people
come into your life
and fade into forgetfulness,
while others remain
as warm places in your heart.
You learn to forgive the bad times
and overcome the resentments.
And you learn to live
with love in your heart
for the good times
and for the good friends
who may not be present,
but who never go away,
because the warmth of their friendship
and their essence lives within you
and becomes a part of what you are.
without judging you right or wrong, good or bad,
and gently helps you define your thoughts
to regain perspective.
When you're feeling bad about yourself,
a friend is there to remind you
of all those positive qualitites
you may have forgotten.
When you share with a friend,
decision-making becomes easier
and problems seem less critical.
A friend gives you the priceless gift of time:
time to share, to try out new ideas
and rethink old ones.
No matter how often you're together,
you discover dimensions of yourself
through the bonds and the mirror of friendship.
A friend loves you for who you are,
not what you do.
Feeling so accepted,
you are able to set higher goals,
try harder, and achieve more.
Through close friendship,
you learn the fine art of giving.
You expand, become more selfless,
feel more deeply, and help more effectively.
Seeing the happiness you bring to another person
gives you a greater sense of well-being
and increases your capacity to love.
Wherever you go in life,
whatever stage or place you reach,
a friend who has entered your soul
is always with you, gently guiding, faithfully following,
and ever walking beside you.
And saw at a glance what I needed;
There were others who passed me or met me each day,
But never a one of them heeded.
Perhaps you were thinking of other folks more,
Or chance simply seemed to decree it;
I know there were many such chances before,
But the others-well, they didn't see it.
You said just the thing that I wished you would say,
And you made me believe that you meant it;
I held up my head in the old gallant way,
And resolved you should never repent it.
There are times when encouragement means such a lot,
And a word is enough to convey it;
There were others who could have, as easy as not-
But, just the same, they didn't say it.
There may have been someone who could have done more
To help me along, though I doubt it;
What I needed was cheering, and always before
They had let me plod onward without it.
You helped to refashion the dream of my heart,
And made me turn eagerly to it;
There were others who might have (I question that part)-
But, after all, they didn't do it!
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