Beautifully profound writing and pinpoint accuracy as to what the big dilemma out in the population is right now! Not only is it clearly what you have masterfully explained, but add to this perspective the truth of how we are living in a “culture of death,” a rampant disposable society kind of world view by the multitudes now, which exponentially magnifies the problem at hand!
I do not panic when I have myself for company, I’ve never had that problem since my childhood to now; I learned to depend on myself rather than cling to anyone, and just take responsibility for me, as I hope others around me will do also, for themselves.
I learned for a few reasons very young what I now like to see and refer to by this Scripture about being alone.
John 16:33 “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”
I have told you these things, so that in Me you may have [perfect] peace. In the world you have tribulation and distress and suffering, but be courageous [be confident, be undaunted, be filled with joy]; I have overcome the world.” [My conquest is accomplished, My victory abiding.]
I love this passage, a hitting the old nail on the head piece of writing!
“And we, the loyal friends, we wait. We bide our time, silly and stupid, waiting our turn to be an “innie” again. We console ourselves by thinking, “well, I will always be the one, I am reliable, I am always here, that makes me the true friend… when he/she needs me, he/she will always find me here…” We make ourselves believe that by sacrificing our own self-worth.”
Right and add to that being a big “sucker” or so easily made to play the fool for others who are being so foolish while you’re supposed to be playing the doormat for them, they step in the dog shit and they are right back unloading it!
“True friendship is hard to find and not easy to hold on to.”
I can add most assuredly it is like “a needle in a haystack!” Sure fools spout off all day on the internet how they have all these friends and they talk bullshit; those are not friends or even acquaintances they are “being delusional;” because of their habitual diversionary lifestyle of not facing themselves; though that much I can also assure them!
This passage I must quote also because it serves as a true measure of friendship over time and our personal trials!
“Letting friends go is a necessary part of life – there are those who will stay with you forever. You will always find a way back to each other, no matter what the distance. And you will come back to each other with fresh ideas, new thoughts and different perspectives. Your relationship will not suffer, it will only bloom and carry through the next steps of life.”
True friendship develops over time through personal dedicated investment and life experience with one another through the good, bad and the ugly times; building individual character and intestinal fortitude!
Understanding these things as you have explained them here is being a true friend to yourself, if you are living it! And I agree it will bring “the inner peace we all need,” but most don’t want it bad enough due to their human foibles and seeking the path of least resistance; so they avoid it; because it is a tough challenge and they would rather take the diversionary path in life living in a delusion, what I personally have always called “the potheads” since my teen years which I had “no part” of in my head!
May Peace, Comfort and Joy always be with You. Amen.
Brother in Christ Jesus,
Lawrence Morra III
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Friendship Thoughts St. Augustine, Bishop of Hippo, 354 - 430 The love of friendship should be gratuitous. You ought not to have or to love a friend for what he will give you. If you love him for the reason that he will supply you with money or some other temporal favor, you love the gift rather than him. A friend should be loved freely for himself, and not for anything else
I have been here before, standing on a precipice, wondering well, it is an awfully long way down now, isn’t it?
Earlier, I would have waited for someone to catch me.
Now, well, let’s just stand on the edge and take a look.
Face fear, thumb your nose at panic, dance a jig at dread.
I have no fear of being alone; I do not panic when I have myself for company, and I do not dread the…
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Thank you Lawrence! Your words echo so truly what I was trying to say. You have hit the nail very squarely on the head.
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This is living proof that all you said struck a resilient “chord of truth” in me! I like that we both are “hitting the proverbial nail on the head” too! We both have some carpenter in us, and I’ve been a jack of all trades over the years and enjoyed them all, but I feel that special affinity with the “Master Carpenter” by my having some experience in that trade in particular! That is where this voice of truth and seeking understanding is derived from anyway!
So, no wonder it falls into place here for us! Works in mysterious ways as always!
Thank you again for this great eye-opener and wisdom you provided; it makes a big difference in my day!