“Don’t walk in front of me… I may not follow
Don’t walk behind me… I may not lead
Walk beside me… and be my friend”   Unknown

I read somewhere that a true friend is one who sees the pain in your eyes, while everyone else believes your smile.  We all know a friend like this, and the story below reminded me to nurture and be grateful for all my friendships close and afar.

A man called Ali is in need of money and asks his boss to help him out. His boss sets him a challenge: if he can spend all night on the top of a mountain, he will receive a great reward; if he fails, he will have to work for free. The story continues:

When he left the shop, Ali noticed that an icy wind was blowing. He felt afraid and decided to ask his best friend, Aydi, if he thought he was mad to accept the wager.
After considering the matter for a moment, Aydi answered:
‘Don’t worry, I’ll help you. Tomorrow night, when you’re sitting on top of the mountain, look straight ahead.‘ I’ll be on the top of the mountain opposite, where I’ll keep a fire burning all night for you.

‘Look at the fire and think of our friendship; and that will keep you warm.
‘You’ll make it through the night, and afterwards, I’ll ask you for something in return.’

Ali won the wager, got the money, and went to his friend’s house.
‘You said you wanted some sort of payment in return.’

Aydi said, ‘Yes, but it isn’t money. Promise that if ever a cold wind blows through my life, you will light the fire of friendship for me.’     

35 thoughts on “Friendship

  1. Lovely post, Karen. I am so fortunate to have and have always had deep close true friends. I never take them for granted. It is such a blessing in life, friends.


    1. It is a blessing Mary, and I believe we attract the friends that reflect our spirit. I can see why you have beautiful friends, as your heart is always open to give and receive. You are a true friend.

  2. When most people refer to their friends they’re really referring to their acquaintances. Real friendship requires commitments in every sense of the word. To truly have real friends in life is a blessing that commonly goes unrecognized. The bonds of friendship can survive the strongest of blows. The loss of a real friend can feel like the loss of a limb. Wishing everyone the joys and blessings of true friendship.

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