“The friend who can be silent with us in a moment of despair or confusion, who can stay with us in an hour of grief and bereavement, who can tolerate not knowing… not healing, not curing… that is a friend who cares.” Henri Nouwen
A friend is what the heart needs all the time. Henry Van Dyke
True friendship multiplies the good in life and divides its evils. Strive to have friends, for life without friends is like life on a desert island… to find one real friend in a lifetime is good fortune; to keep him is a blessing. Baltasar Gracian
He who is cruel to animals becomes hard also in his dealings with men. We can judge the heart of a man by his treatment of animals. Immanuel Kant
What is a Friend? For this week’s photo challenge on – FRIEND – I went along with the norm; I chose a selection of animal friends. Some are domesticated and others are not quite… Man’s best friend is his devoted pet who sits silently by his side through thick and thin… It works for me but, we have so many types of friendships. I have trusted friends from my childhood, teen years, and into adulthood and I’m close to my kids and my family/siblings. I cherish my human friends and my pet friends too. All have stood me in good stead along the happy and harrowing journey we call life. But, this assignment called for the singular word “friend” so, who do you choose over another? Clearly, this option works best for the exercise.
“A friend is one who knows you and loves you just the same.” Elbert Hubbard
A true friend is someone who is there for you when he’d rather be anywhere else. Len Wein
The friend in my adversity I shall always cherish most. I can better trust those who helped to relieve the gloom of my dark hours than those who are so ready to enjoy with me the sunshine of my prosperity. Ulysses S. Grant
If having a soul means being able to feel love and loyalty and gratitude, then animals are better off than a lot of humans. James Herriot
Who/What comes to your mind when you think of the singular word – FRIEND? We easily turn to our loved ones as they are a given in our lives, and their friendship and support is unequivocal… Perhaps that is why we take such devotion for granted in both our human and animal companions. Some of us thrive on friction, while others barely bat an eyelid because we all assume the love and support should be given without query…. True Friendship, however, is a great gift and blessing. If you are fortunate enough to be on the receiving end of it, cherish it and reciprocate. Live, love life and all the dear Friends you have.
This post was inspired by a prompt from WP Daily Post: FRIEND – This week, share an image of a friend. The beautiful thing about friendship is that it transcends language. A beloved pet doesn’t need to articulate their thoughts with words for us to understand their affection. With a true friend — be they human, canine, or something else entirely — you can sit comfortably in silence and simply share space. As always, we look forward to your contributions!
Positive Motivation Tip: Friendship transcends all barriers as it is the twin of love…
PHOTO CREDITS/ATTRIBUTIONS: All Photos from my personal collection