14 Aug 2008

Raising a toast - to Friends

As I type this one, I'll clarify first that I'm not inspired by the chain-mails or eye-candly imagery that goes around professing the values & virtues of friendship. Neither is it just because "Friendship Day" just went by. My experiences have been rooted in reality. In the past 2 years and especially so in the past 2 months I've realised that the most treasured things of all I had - were some real sincere friends. Friends who have helped me emerge in one piece through the vagaries of life that I'd got stuck into neck-deep.

Its tough to sometimes face the situations that life throws upon you. Even if you try to do the very best in life - it may sometimes deal you a harsh blow. Its really tough to find someone who can trust you and help you out at such times. Circumstances do arise when you are unable to decide if what you stood for was right or wrong. Situations do arise if you are unsure if confiding in someone and seeking professional help is the right way out. It is at such times of distress that you really get sapped down of whatever courage you had. It is then that you need a shoulder to provide you courage & support. And you'll always find - its in such moments that you really identify the most trusted & sincere friends in your life. Not that you didn't know them well earlier. But its during such moments that you realise how lucky you have been in life to have them as your friends.

Today I raise a toast to thank all my sincere friends. For everything that you have helped me sail through. The battle is not over for me as yet but I believe the initial nerve-wracking days are over & today I have some semblance of courage to face things foward.

"I do not wish to treat friendships daintily, but with the roughest courage. When they are real, they are not glass threads or frost-work, but the solidest thing we know." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

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