The dictionary defines a friend as “a person who one knows, likes and trusts.” To me, a friend is ever so much more – a treasure of incalculable value, worth more than all the gold and silver one could ever own. Friends come in all shapes and sizes; they are young, they are old, they are rich, they are poor, they are distant, they are close, they are seen and unseen. Best of all, I am the most fortunate to have my very best friend in my own house – my spouse.
Friends are the special people with whom one can share ups and downs, successes and failures, and the simple yet extraordinarily complex beauty of that which is most precious ― life.
Now that I’ve been housebound for almost a year, my friends have assumed even greater importance in my life, for they are my links to the outside world, to my past, to the present, and to the future.
Perhaps Kahlil Gibran, the Lebanese poet and artist, best depicted the meaning of “… friendship” in his poetry:
Your friend is your needs answered.
He is your field which you sow with love
and reap with thanksgiving.
Thank you all for being my new friends!