I have been so lucky to have such a wonderful group of friends in my life. Each of them offer something that I need and I am so thankful for each one of them. I couldn't make it through each day without them in my life! I found this poem and wanted it to share it with my friends for Valentine's Day so they know how much they are appreciated! Luv ya!
What is a Friend? By C Raymond Beran
What is a friend? I will tell you.
It is a person with whom you dare to be yourself.
Your soul can be naked with her.
She seems to ask of you to put on nothing, only to be what you are.
She does not want you to be better or worse.
When you are with her, 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, so long as it is genuinely you.
She understands those contradictions in your nature that lead others to misjudge you.
With her 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 her, they are lost, dissolved on the white ocean of her loyalty.
You do not have to be careful.
You can abuse her, neglect her, tolerate her.
Best of all, you can keep still with her.
It makes no matter.
She likes you - she is like fire that purges to the bone.
You can weep with her, sing with her, laugh with her, pray with her.
Through it all - and underneath - she sees, knows, and loves you.
A friend? What is a friend? Just one, I repeat, with whom you dare to be yourself.