Thought For The Day 05/05/14

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Friendship

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In everyone’s life, at some time, our inner fire goes out.  It is then burst into flame by an encounter with another human being.  We should all be thankful for those people who rekindle the inner spirit. 
Albert Schweitzer
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How many times in our lives do we look at a total stranger and find a connection? It’s not anything we can explain, nor is it anything we ever have control over. It is what it is! It is miracle and a gift from the Almighty of the greatest kind! It is the spark that ignites the fire of what will become a friendship! And, perhaps….just perhaps….a true and everlasting bonding of two people.
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Now real, true friends and friendships do not happen every day and I must ask the question: how do we really know someone is a true friend?
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When you exchange wedding vows with your spouse, do you not promise to be there for the other during good times and bad times….for better or for worse? Well, a true friend is exactly the same. They are by your side when things become hard.
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They are devoted to the person that you are and they never try to change anything about you! And, perhaps, the most wonderful thing of all, they enrich the life we lead by their very presence within it!
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Some very wise people throughout history have addressed the issue of true friendships. While each touched on a slightly different aspect, there is a common thread that permeates each quote!
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1. Love and like yourself
Friendship with oneself is all important, because without it one cannot  be friends with anyone else in the world.
Eleanor  Roosevelt

 

2. Love and accept others as they are
A friend is someone who understands your past, believes in your future,  and accepts you just the way you are.
Unknown

 

3. Love and cherish the time you share
At the end of your life, you will never regret not having passed one more  test, not winning one more verdict or not closing one more deal. You will regret  time not spent with a husband, a friend, a child, or a parent.
Barbara  Bush

 

4. Love the talks together
Friends are those rare people who ask how we are and then wait to hear  the answer.
Ed Cunningham

 

5. Love how friends bring out the best in us
Friendship is a treasured gift, and every time I talk with you I feel as  if I’m getting richer and richer.
Author Unknown

 

6. Love how friends instinctively work together
Make use of your friends by being of use to them.
Benjamin  Franklin

 

17. Love how friends keep our secrets
Confidence is the foundation of friendship. If we give it, we will  receive it.
Harry E. Humphrey

 

8. Love how friends will be honest with their advice
In giving advice, seek to help, not please, your  friend.
Solon

 

9. Love how our friends know just the right time to step in
Sometimes being a friend means mastering the art of timing. There is a  time for silence. A time to let go and allow people to hurl themselves into  their own destiny. And a time to prepare to pick up the pieces when it’s all  over.
Gloria Naylor

 

10. Love how our friends rally around us during difficult times
True friendship isn’t about being there when it’s convenient; it’s about  being there when it’s not.
Author Unknown

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See the common denominator that runs throughout all of the quotes?

LOVE!

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 “This is my commandment, that you love one  another as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay  down his life for his friends. You are my friends if you do what I command you.  No longer do I call you servants, for the servant does not know what his master  is doing; but I have called you friends, for all that I have heard from my  Father I have made known to you.
John 15:12-15
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About Mandy Bruscella

Mandy's Story: As a Registered Professional Nurse with Certification in a number of specialties including home care, I was afforded the opportunity of working closely with various Social Service Agencies in NY and NJ. ~ A lifelong Christian, I was ordained as a Presbyterian deacon in 1993 and, after relocating to SC in 2000, elected to become ordained as a non-denominational minister. ~ I established "MandysPath" Ministry in 2011. "MandysPath" Ministry is a member of Pacific Life Church, El Sobrante, CA, network of ministries. ~ I direct an outreach ministry in an alternative setting, providing spiritual care to a congregation of more than 500 people from around the world via the Internet. ~ As part of this outreach, I write a daily faith based blog. In March, 2012 I was asked to become a board member of Heroes For Children which is a non-profit foundation, established to assists the Guardian ad Litem program of Horry County, SC. Guardians ad Litem are a group of court appointed advocates who represent the best interests of children in Family Court proceedings involving allegations of abuse or neglect. Working closely with these men and women who make a difference in the lives of children, I completed training and have been sworn in to serve as a Guardian ad Litem for the state of South Carolina . ~ I have been married since 1975 to a wonderful man, Daniel. I have a son Daniel and his wife Melissa who live in NYC. My daughter Sabrina and my grandson Landon live here in SC. ~ My father Harold continues to share his wisdom with me and is responsible for many of the ideas I write about!

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