True Friendship is Endurance
- True friendship is endurance and longevity rather than fitful intensity.
- As I have gained grey hair I have come to realize friendship grows with tolerance and time.
- I do not have many friendships. They are rare and precious.
- I have many acquaintances and co-workers, but they are fair weather sailers for the most part.
- When the sea gets rough they set their sails for the nearest port – any port – the closer the better.
- The “friend” does things you don’t like or even condone.
- He or she allows you the same privilege.
- She or he gives you the best advice without hard feelings if the advice is not followed.
- He or she listens keenly to what you have to say.
- Somehow, there is communication, even when we struggle with each others actions or beliefs.
- But the true test is her or his endurance during the trying times.
- It is the willingness to forgive and forget each others foibles and fits of contrariness.
- It is the desire to persevere together.
- I treasure this friend for they are rare jewels.
Originally written May 13, 1994 Feb