A remarkable friend wrote some words of advice to me while I was having a pretty rotten time of things some years ago.
At times the best of friends tell you things you need to know, but you don’t want to hear; much as a parent tries to impart wisdom to their child with an unintended harshness, that belies the deep love with which it is given.
It is a touchstone in my life now, both in times of sadness and times of joy.
The world is a big and scary place.
The good guys don’t always win and there are people out there who won’t think twice about anything that doesn’t directly benefit themselves.
This is how things are, how they always were and how they will be for the rest of this forever.
There are people who give and give and give, until there is nothing left of themselves and they disintegrate into bitterness and regret.
There are people who take and take and take because they think they are entitled to love and happiness without giving anything in return.
In the midst of all the hurt, loneliness and confusion, all we have are the links we forge betwixt our shared hopes, fears & loves.
That, however, is no small thing. It is, in fact, the greatest thing of all.
You are never alone.
Please don’t forget that.”