June 8

Weekly Photo Challenge: Friendship…

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“A single rose can be my garden… a single friend, my world.” Leo Buscaglia

Weekly Photo Challenge: Friendship… Begins with a kind word. Children at play
Weekly Photo Challenge: Friendship…. Man and his devoted dog.
Weekly Photo Challenge: Friendship… Play ball… two teens.

Friendship by Alexander Pushkin
What’s friendship? The hangover’s faction,
The gratis talk of outrage,
Exchange by vanity, inaction,
Or bitter shame of patronage. via famouspoetsandpoems

In a harsh world with its many ups and downs, friendship is a much needed lifeline.  We cultivate all sorts of friendships; some lasting and others temporary. No matter what type we have, friendships enrich our lives and teach us many lessons.

“Nothing but heaven itself is better than a friend who is really a friend.” Plautus

Weekly Photo Challenge: Friendship… Hula hoop friends
Weekly Photo Challenge: Friendship… Lunching friends.
Weekly Photo Challenge: Friendship… twins with friend.

Friendship IXX by Khalil Gibran
And a youth said, “Speak to us of Friendship.”
Your friend is your needs answered.
He is your field which you sow with love and reap with thanksgiving.
And he is your board and your fireside.
For you come to him with your hunger, and you seek him for peace.
When your friend speaks his mind you fear not the “nay” in your own mind, nor do you withhold the “ay.”
And when he is silent your heart ceases not to listen to his heart;
For without words, in friendship, all thoughts, all desires, all expectations are born and shared, with joy that is unacclaimed. Contd below

We turn to our friends for fun times and during fearful or stressful times. Sadly, it is often during our darkest hour that we get to know who our true friends are. Life is that way, and perhaps it is best to find out than to walk around clouded by our own delusions about our friendships.

“Fear makes strangers of people who would be friends.” Shirley MacLaine

Weekly Photo Challenge: Friendship… Zoo animal friends
Weekly Photo Challenge: Friendship… Fun event friends
Weekly Photo Challenge: Friendship… Sisters and friends

When you part from your friend, you grieve not;
For that which you love most in him may be clearer in his absence, as the mountain to the climber is clearer from the plain.
And let there be no purpose in friendship save the deepening of the spirit.
For love that seeks aught but the disclosure of its own mystery is not love but a net cast forth: and only the unprofitable is caught.
And let your best be for your friend. Contd below

When I look at the different groupings of friendships framed in the photos above and below, I am reminded of the beautiful gift of friendship and how much it sustains us. I’ve written about friendship on several occasions because I never tire of this fascinating subject and its impact on our lives. To have a friend is to be doubly blessed, and we don’t need an entourage for our friendships to matter. As Buscaglia said above, “…a single friend, my world.” More below!

“Friendship needs no words – it is solitude delivered from the anguish of loneliness.” Dag Hammarskjold

Weekly Photo Challenge: Friendship… Dress up friends
Weekly Photo Challenge: Friendship… Friends on the street
Weekly Photo Challenge: Friendship… Departing friends.

If he must know the ebb of your tide, let him know its flood also.
For what is your friend that you should seek him with hours to kill?
Seek him always with hours to live.
For it is his to fill your need, but not your emptiness.
And in the sweetness of friendship let there be laughter, and sharing of pleasures.
For in the dew of little things the heart finds its morning and is refreshed. via famouspoetsandpoems

Like the ocean tide, our friendships ebb and flow. Some are renewed and rejuvenated over time; having survived the test of painful, hurtful moments. Others float away forever lost in the ether; severed by unresolved hurts or unspoken misunderstandings. New ones might get formed but only time will tell.  What about you?

Here’s to more brilliance in June to all!
Hope you enjoyed this! What are your thoughts? What photos did you share on FRIENDSHIP to fit the task? Was it easy/hard to find photos that supported your perspective on the subject? Were you drawn to certain types of photos for the prompt? Do share? Thank you! 🙂 😉

*Please bear with me as I continue to catch up on your blogs and commenting… Thank you all for your patience! 🙂

My fellow bloggers were equally creative with their selections. I listed several via Zemanta below. (I will update it and add more). We all appreciate trackbacks/ping-backs and LIKES from fellow bloggers too! Check out how others interpreted the theme – FRIENDSHIP – below. ***

This post was inspired by a prompt from WP Daily Post: Weekly Photo Challenge: FRIENDSHIP Friendship. There are so many ways to show friendship and to see it in others. This trio of boys at a wedding didn’t let the lack of a common language be a barrier to their friendship – they played all day! Share a picture about FRIENDSHIP with everyone!

Positive Motivation Tip: We cultivate all sorts of friendships; some lasting and others temporary. No matter what type we have, friendships enrich our lives and teach us many lessons. Embrace them. Enjoy it!

PHOTO CREDITS/ATTRIBUTIONS: All Photos from my personal collection.

Until Next Time
Ask. Believe. Receive. ©
Elizabeth Obih-Frank
Mirth and Motivation
Positive Kismet


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  • I love how you described friendship. You have given us beautiful images and words of its meaning. Thank you for the pingback.


  • Humans are fickle and view friendship like a contract – give me A for B or else. A true friend would at least ask questions before a decision is made. Enjoy your weekend and know you are blessed.

  • Eliz….as always you give us such a deep caring and understanding of the subject. I always love to sit, read your lovely words and let them steep in me, like a wonderful cup of Earl Grey. Your writing remains with me for days. Your words are so inspiring. I love what you say about Friendship. The quote: “And in the sweetness of friendship let there be laughter, and sharing of pleasures. For in the dew of little things the heart finds its morning and is refreshed.” So beautiful…..
    Thank you, Elizabeth.

  • I really enjoyed this post the photos and the writing. The zoo one was one of my favorites also the girls dressing up friends and the sisters. The sisters one made me wish I had a sister for a moment. And the man and his devoted dog so many great photos. :+)

  • Hi, I loved your blog and the theme of inspiration, and positivity. Thanks for sharing it with us. I was wondering, if you are into reading ebooks about lessons life sends our way-through inspiration and bittersweet wisdom, then may be you could check out my blog at your own leisure–my latest ebook: 12 Precious Anecdotes from Life of such a genre has been released at Amazon, and I posted the synopsis at my blog. I wish you a great week ahead.

  • Friends are the glue that often hold me together! Friendship is a special gift! I like the photos and quotes you’ve shared…each is really unique. I’ve been very mindful yet of the loss your family has experienced, Elizabeth. I hope that in this instance you, too, have had some support from friends. Debra

  • Great photos and wonderful quotes (you know I’m a sucker for Khalil Gibran) 🙂

    I found myself most drawn to the photo of man’s best friend, maybe because my own Mojo is sleeping at my feet right now.

    • TY and, you know, it wasn’t even intentional. As I found photos, I labeled them and added them to my blog. Glad it turned out the way it did… serendipity. 😉

    • Oh dear Cynthia, I don’t know how I missed this comment. Thank you so much for thinking of me… and I will stop by your blog to thank you too. 🙂

  • my latest session with friends:
    of course more than a “computer club”
    we lived a week in hour house
    (and another month in their’s)

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