Getting to know and like people and getting people to know and like you are the two top cards in the game of success. – Source Unknown
A true friend doesn’t care if you’re broke, when your house is a mess, what you look like, about your past, or if your family is filled with crazies. A friend can go long periods without speaking and conversations pick up where they left off. They have your back when things go very wrong. They keep their promises and make you want to keep yours. A friend neither leads nor follows but walks with you.
What does ‘friend’ mean to you?
Is having a friend better than being a friend?
- Give sincere appreciation.
- Try honestly to see things from the other persons point of view.
- Give the other person a fine reputation to live up to.
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True friendship is rare [and work]. Don’t you agree: Finding one or two in a lifetime is a Path to Joy.
This Post’s Featured Art, “Friendship,” a Visual Meditation
What do I like best about the picture?
The golden path from bottom to top across the picture and the circles.
Why do I like these things?
The golden path makes me think of the Milky Way, the river across the sky made of millions of stars. The circles represent people, the 360-degree universes of possibilities each person contains.
What does this picture teach?
Life can be a journey, a yellow brick road, a golden river that touches [and also bypasses] many opportunities.
How can these insights lead to joy?
I am glad to be reminded that each person contains vast possibilities. Knowing that I could move beyond ‘acquaintance,’ be a friend and receive another’s friendship once in a while brings joy.
These ‘Paths to Joy’ are adapted from The Treasure Chest, an old book I found years ago. Page 117 contained “The Twelve Rules of Happiness.” Of special delight is using paints markers and ink to illustrate meditations inspired by this wisdom. The technique is adapted from the book Visual Journaling, Going Deeper Than Words, by Barbara Ganim and Susan Fox.
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