Never Forget Your Friends
Shared with me by a Friend
A newlywed young man was sitting on the porch on a hot, humid day, sipping iced tea with his father.
As he talked about adult life, marriage, responsibilities, and obligations, the father thoughtfully stirred the ice cubes in his glass and cast a clear, sober look on his son.
“Never forget your friends,” he advised, “they will become more important as you get older.”
“Regardless of how much you love your family and the children you happen to have, you will always need friends. Remember to go out with them occasionally, do activities with them, call them …”
“What strange advice !” Thought the young man. “I just entered the married world, I am an adult and surely my wife and the family that we will start will be the foundation for everything I need to make sense of my life.”
Yet he obeyed his father. He kept in touch with his friends and annually increased their number & over the years, he became aware that his father knew what he was talking about.
Inasmuch as time and nature carry out their designs and mysteries on a man, friends were the bulwarks of his life.
After 60 years of life, here is what he learned:
Time passes. Life goes on. Distance separates.
Children grow up and become independent; it breaks the parents’ hearts, but the children become separated from the parents.
Jobs come and go. Illusions, desires, attraction, sex… weaken.
People don’t do everything they should do.
The heart breaks. The parents die. Colleagues forget the favors. The races are over.
But true friends are always there, no matter how many miles away they are or for how long.
A friend is never more distant than the reach of a need, intervening in your favor, waiting for you with open arms or blessing your life.
When we started this adventure called LIFE, we did not know of the incredible joys or sorrows that were ahead. We did not know how much we would need from each other.
Love your parents, take care of your children, and keep a group of good friends, too.
This beautiful email was just sent to me by my wife, who had it shared with her by a friend and I am now in the process of sharing it with all the Friends & Brothers I have had the pleasure of sharing with over my 61 Years (to date) in Freemasonry.
You may not be aware that, due to the number of subscribers to The Educator, distribution is now handled by a paid provider & I no longer have a personal listing to refer to. That being the case this message is addressed to each and every one of you, as friends, whoever you are and wherever you may be.
We Thank You===Have a wonderful Day & God Bless You All.
Norm & Peggy