I recently came across this excerpt from a book entitled The Prophet written by Kahlil Gibran. A very good friend of mine shared this book with me as a teenager, many years ago. It’s a great book and thought, on this Thanksgiving day, that I share it with you.
And a youth said, Speak to us of Friendship.
And he answered, saying:
Your friend is your needs answered.
He is your field which you sow with love and reap with thanksgiving. And he is your board and your fireside.
For you come to him with your hunger, and you seek him for peace.
When your friend speaks his mind you fear not the ânayâ in your own mind,Â nor do you withhold the âay.â
And when he is silent your heart ceases not to listen to his heart;
For without words, in friendship, all thoughts, all desires, all expectationsÂ are born and shared, with joy that is unacclaimed.
When you part from your friend, you grieve not;
for that which you love most in him may be clearer in his absence, as theÂ mountain to the climber is clearer from the plain.
And let there be no purpose in friendship save the deepening of the spirit. For love that seeks aught but the disclosure of its own mystery is not loveÂ but a net cast forth: and only the unprofitable is caught.
And let your best be for your friend.
If he must know the ebb of your tide, let him know of its flood also.
For what is your friend that you should seek him with hours to kill?
Seek him always with hours to live.
For it is his to fill your need, but not your emptiness.
And in the sweetness of friendship let there be laughter, and the sharing ofÂ pleasures.
For in the dew of little things the heart finds its morning and is refreshed.
â¢ Kahlil Gibran, from The Prophet â¢Â