“Don’t walk in front of me… I may not follow
Don’t walk behind me… I may not lead
Walk beside me… just be my friend” ― Albert Camus
“I think if I’ve learned anything about friendship, it’s to hang in, stay connected, fight for them, and let them fight for you. Don’t walk away, don’t be distracted, don’t be too busy or tired, don’t take them for granted. Friends are part of the glue that holds life and faith together. Powerful stuff.” ― Jon Katz
How do you know your true friends? Most times you are able to know those who care for you when you are in trouble, in grief or working out a loss. As human beings, we meet a lot of people in our life. The ability to pinpoint those that are true friends can at times be very difficult. In my own experience, my friends in most times come through when I am down or going through a problem. Take what I went through some time ago as an example.
I was far from home and I suffered a loss. The most surprising thing to me was that my friends at home stood up to fill the vacuum which my absence created. This was a big revelation to me. It was not that they were there for me that surprised me but that they were doing it. In addition in the new land that I found myself, friends that I have made were all surrounding me, giving me words of encouragement and sharing words of hope with me. To me that proves the goodness of human beings. Underneath our skins are the urge to relate and help.
The question then is, why the evil that pervades humanity? We need to understand that it is as a result of the way we treat news. The media in the modern time glorifies the evil, the bad and untoward news. As they say in journalism, bad news is news. This then tends to colour our perception of human beings which while paradoxical is also tragic. Majority of human beings are hardworking, loving and caring. Like the dot on a white paper however, most people will see the dot rather than the large area of white paper. How well the world would be if we can just pay more attention to the large area of white paper rather than the tiny dot. There is human goodness and we become better when we encourage this goodness rather than human bestiality.
On your life’e journey you need friends and without friends, the journey will be sad, lonely and tasking. As I round up my posts on being on life’s journey and start another thread on this blog, I thank all my friends who had liked my post, commented on them and read them without commenting. I love you ALL and please, KEEP being my friend.
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Femi Adedina is a writer, motivational speaker, poet , novelist and a film director. He has been a teacher for more than three decades and love to listen to music, watch films- most especially comedies- and enjoys watching and studying people. He also loves travelling and meeting new people. A curious individual, femi loves charting uncharted paths and innovating.The new name ayékòótóFMD means ( the world hates TRUTH. The word Ayekooto in Yoruba is also the name of the PARROT. The FMD in the new name is the acronymn for Femi Dada
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