. . . . . drug addict and had served time in prison.
Now, years ago, I would have simply thanked him for his time and left. But, as time would have it, and as I was not given to make prejudicial judgments, I remained to listen to his story.
And, what had been a happenstance meeting turned out to be an open dialogue where we both shared our backgrounds.
He had made a complete reversal in his life. He had made a decision to become a better person, clean from drugs and turned his life around partly by focusing his energy on his craft.
And, to make his life even more challenging, he had suffered a severe industrial accident that left him with one eye, a crushed esophagus that meant he could not eat solid foods ever again.
We must have chatted about our differing backgrounds and experiences for well over an hour, and this conversation continued off and on for several weeks whenever I happened to be in town.
The long and short is that we are very good friends to this day appreciating
each others background and being openly accepting of what made our
lives different and unique.
Accepting of Others
The making of a friend, for me, means being accepting of others, not to prejudge, to give each person an opportunity
to express whom they are without jumping down their throat, or assuming
that they are unworthy of my time.
Each of us is unique and we all are different. We are neither better nor worse; we are just different. Friendship will not happen unless you are willing to.
Inspirational Quotes for Reflection:
"Fear represents an opportunity to connect. So when the excuses in your mind come up, trust against all the fear and skepticism, knowing that just on the other side is a great friend, a life partner, a feeling of understanding and connection shared."
"Believing the best about others, and offering time, support, and friendship shows the capacity for trust."
"Be a friend. You don't need glory. Friendship is a simple story."
"A friend is someone who gives you total freedom to be yourself."
"Laughter is not at all a bad beginning for a friendship, and it is far the best ending for one."
"Friendship is the shadow of the evening, which increases with the setting sun of life."
Jean de La Fontaine