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National Friendship Week

by Peary Perry
Peary Perry
This is National Friendship Week. Whatever that is. Anyway, someone who reportedly is a friend of mine sent this over to me to review. Since I have been out of town and somewhat short on time, it just seems to be the right thing to do and use this information, besides I think it fits my mood at this time. So here it goes:

Imagine there is a bank that credits your account each morning with $86,400. It carries over no balance from day to day. Every evening it deletes whatever part of the balance you failed to use during the day. What would you do? Draw out every cent, of course!!!! Each of us has such a bank. Its name is TIME. Every morning it credits you with 86,400 seconds. Every night it writes off, as lost whatever of this you have failed to invest for a good purpose. It carries over no balance. It allows no overdraft. Each day it opens a new account for you. Each night it burns the remains of the day. If you fail to use the dayís deposits, the loss is yours. There is no going back. There is no drawing against the ďtomorrowĒ. You must live in the present on todayís deposits. Invest it so as to get from it the utmost in health, happiness and success. The clock is running. Make the most of today. To realize the value of one year, ask a student who failed a grade. To realize the value of one month, ask a mother who gave birth to a premature baby. To realize the value of one week, ask the editor of a weekly newspaper. To realize the value of one hour, ask the lovers who are waiting to meet. To realize the value of one minute, ask a person who missed the train. To realize the value of one second, ask the person who just avoided an accident. To realize the value of one millisecond, ask the person who won a silver medal in the Olympics. Treasure each moment that you have. Treasure it more because you shared it with someone special, special enough to spend your time. Remember that time waits for no one. Yesterday is history. Tomorrow is a mystery. Today is a gift, thatís why itís called the present.

Itís National Friendship Week. Friends are a very rare jewel, indeed. They make you smile and encourage you to succeed. They lend an ear, they share a word of praise, and they always want to open their heart to us. Show your friends how much you careÖsend this to everyone you consider a friend. If it comes back to you, then you know you have a circle of friends.

Well there you have it. A complete gift for your friends for this week. The above example of time kind of gets you to thinking, doesnít it? Someone once said that if you can count your friends on one hand, (meaning 5) then you are lucky indeed. I tend to believe this. I consider myself blessed by having real friends that have stuck with me through thick and thin for many years. In fact these friends are so good, sometimes I think to myself, I donít really deserve them. Sometimes I donít like myself, and as a result I wonder why someone would like me. As Iíve said before friendships take a lot of work. You must be a friend to have a friend. Friends take time. Friends take dedication. FRIENDS TAKE A LOT OF WORK TO MAINTAIN. You have to be willing to do the extra things that change your relationships from that of an acquaintance to that of a friend. Friends have to be willing to do things because they want to, not because they have to. You have to go to your nephews graduation. If his name is Zerkowitz, you have to sit through the entire alphabet before you can leave. Friends donít have to do this. They arenít family obligated to come and see you when you break your leg or have to have someone go to the store because you have the flu. They like doing this stuff for you. They are friends. They can tell you, you are fat, your hair is dirty, you look bad, you look great, your breath smells and you have an ugly mean dogÖand you and I will just go on loving them because they are our friends. Friends are just other human beings that we get to share time with. None of us will ever been at this point in time again. This time will be over. Some of the stuff your friends tell you, could never ever, be told to you by your mother or your spouse. Your family has to live with you, your friends donít. So, if this is National Friendship Week, then go out there and tell someone that is a friend of yours, that you appreciate their friendship. Remember the first party of this column, you wonít get the chance to use those seconds again tomorrow. They will be gone. Use your time wisely, but most of all use it.


© Peary Perry
Letters From North America March 18, 2009 column
Syndicated weekly in 80 newspapers
Comments go to pperry@austin.rr.com
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