Friday, July 22, 2011



To be honest, I have so much things that I want to talk about regarding the word 'friendship'.

Photo can be found here. Image by Sascalia.

Sermon Illustrations website describes the word 'friend' better than I do. So here they go:

"What is a friend?

Friends are people with whom you dare to be yourself.
Your soul can be naked with them.
They ask you to put on nothing, only to be what you are.
They do not want you to be better or worse.
When you are with them, you feel as a prisoner feels who has been declared innocent.
You do not have to be on your guard.
You can say what you think, as long as it is genuinely you.
Friends understand those contradictions in your nature that lead others to misjudge you.
With them you breathe freely.
You can avow your little vanities and envies and hates and vicious sparks, your meannesses and absurdities, and in opening them up to friends, they are lost, dissolved on the white ocean of their loyalty.
They understand.
You do not have to be careful.
You can abuse them, neglect them, tolerate them.
Best of all, you can keep still with them.
It makes no matter.
They like you.
They are like fire that purges to the bone.
They understand.
You can weep with them, sing with them, laugh with them, pray with them.
Through it all--and underneath--they see, know, and love you.

A friend? What is a friend? Just one, I repeat, with whom you dare to be yourself."

After reading these powerful words, I have to think back and ask myself, am I a friend to someone with this kind of strength and love?... I still need to learn to be a friend.

Live, Love and Be Creative.



  1. Beautiful quote and illustration, Ira! Made me a little teary eyed. I asked myself the same thing after I finished reading it.

    Thanks so much for sharing. :)

  2. Btw, I love the Raining Umbrellas banner you designed in the right sidebar of your blog! :0)

  3. Beautiful post and words! Thank you so much for featuring my painting!


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