31. Friendship

“Friendship… is not something you learn in school. But if you haven’t learned the meaning of friendship, you really haven’t learned anything.” – Muhammad Ali

I have had the opportunity and joy to create this blog with two of my best friends. It has truly taught me what great friends can create. Today, even with hundreds of miles separating us, we still are right by each other the whole way.

Two weeks ago I made a new friend, it was as if we were long-lost friends. I was at work and got a call from a man who needed a Bible, he was stuck in the hospital and I just happen to work at a church. When I got to the hospital with a Bible, newspaper, and Top Ramen it was revealed that the man on the phone was in the lock down psych ward. After I talked to the nurse she allowed me through the doors, and I had the chance to sit and talk to this man for about 15 – 20 minutes. I went back and hung out with him for the next 3 days until he was transferred to another hospital in a different city.

Tuesday I was able to meet up with him after he got back to the city I live in. While we were hanging out I was able to take him to fill a prescription. Yesterday, we met up again to spend some time together and he has found a place to live, a job as a cook, and is excited about his new-found life.

I never realized how important human interaction was until I walked through a locked door to meet a complete stranger. The sparkle in Mike’s eye when he saw that someone would take the time to bring him three simple supplies was a humbling experience, and an even deeper learning experience.

Affirmation: There are no strangers, just people who are best friends or deep and meaningful friends I have not met.

Call To Action: Today share a story about you and a long time friend that brings a smile to your face. Maybe there is an interesting story about how you met, or an exciting event that made an acquaintance into close friend.

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