I wish you friends and friendship, the ability to be a friend, and the openness to allow others to be your friends.  It isn't always easy to open ourselves up and allow others to see our needs and our faults, but this journey of life on which we all find ourselves is much more fulfilling when we don't try to travel every path alone.  Making and keeping friends is not always an easy task, but it's one that's well worth the trouble and the risks.


I wish you the ability to discern, the ability to recognize your true friends and to see the differences between them and those people who only pretend to be friends.  May you develop the diplomacy necessary to deal with all people fairly and justly, no matter their relationship to you, for in this way you will maintain your peace of mind and others will find their dealings with you to be pleasant and fulfilling.

I wish you the ability to enjoy truly the company of those who are dear to you.  May your relationships be deep and fulfilling, and may you enjoy fully each moment that you are able to share with them.  May you be able to share your intimate and important thoughts and feelings--your faith, your doubts, your joys, your difficulties, your accomplishments and achievements, your failures and your discouragement.  Sharing these aspects of ourselves allows us to be fulfilled and complete; allowing others to share these parts of themselves allows them to be fulfilled and complete.

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The glory of friendship is not the outstretched hand, nor the kindly smile,
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Ralph Waldo Emerson