Thursday, January 19, 2017

Carpe Diem #1129 friendship

Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

We all need friends and friendships. Friends are necessary, because in times of sadness and joy you can depend on them. In times of sorrow they will comfort us. In times of joy and happiness, they will be celebrating with us. Friends ... we all need them.

In "The Pilgrimage" by Paulo Coelho, Paulo develops a friendship with his guide Petrus. They are on the Road to Santiago together and they will help each other to conquer the "devils" on their path, but they will also be happy together, or cry together. That's friendship.

Friendship isn't easy, it's a continuous "battle" to keep your friendship alive. Of course there will be friends who don't want to give energy to hold their friendship alive. If you have such a friend, let him go (is what Petrus, Paulo's guide says) he / she is not your friend, at least not your real friend.

In times of sadness you get to know who your real friends are, because they will stay close to you, they will comfort you, they will cry with you and they will give you new energy to go on.
As you all know my dad died last year, as did Jane Reichhold, it made me very sad and I wept a lot, I became depressed and I saw "friends" go, because they couldn't handle my sadness and my tears ... at the end of that period I had only one friend left ... Carpe Diem Haiku Kai. This warmhearted and loving virtual family became my friend ... and that makes me feel alive again.

Friendship ... cherish your friends, cherish them because they will always be there for you not only in life, but also after life ...

[...] ‘Once, a poet said that no man is an island. In order to fight the good fight, we need help. We need friends, and when the friends aren’t nearby, we have to turn solitude into our main weapon. We need the help of everything around us in order to take the necessary steps toward our goal. Everything has to be a personal manifestation of our will to win the good fight. If we don’t
understand that, then we don’t recognize that we need everything and everybody, and we become arrogant warriors. And our arrogance will defeat us in the end, because we will be so sure of ourselves that we won’t see the pitfalls there on the field of battle.’ [...] (Source: The Pilgrimage by Paulo Coelho)

Isn't it wonderful? Friends forever always there to give a helping hand in all things that happen.

they fall one by one
and become one

© Chèvrefeuille (from my archives)

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  1. Oh.. wow. Nice post here. I like it. Thanks for this.

  2. Lovely heartfelt post Kristjaan.CDHK will always be here for you...we owe you a lot too !

  3. Friendships, both off and online, are real treasures...thanks, Kristjaan.

  4. Beautiful, Kristjaan. I am pleased CDHK has comforted you in your grief. Your family here also helped me through the loss of my mother. Such a lovely haiku!

  5. Such a beautiful haiku for haiku. Your blog is quite a stress-buster :)