The Healing Hand of Friendship
I've talked before about happiness and how it can have a profound impact on our health. I was witness to that very thing yesterday and I'm still "gobsmacked" at what happened. A very dear froggy friend of mine has been feeling very low; no spark, so to speak. He didn't wan't to get off the lily pad and do anything; he felt lonely. Even catching bugs was a chore for him. The longer sadness dragged on, the more I saw him fall into ill health. There was a general malaise that couldn't really be explained by any medical tests; aches and pains for no reason, fatigued, irritable etc. I suggested that he find an army of frogs to join that might have similar interests. I was sure that being around others would perk him up. I got a call last night from my friend who said he'd taken my advice and joined a group. At his first meeting, he struck up a conversation with the frog sitting next to him. Turns out that the other frog had be going through some similar eperiences. After the meeting was over, my friend and his new acquaintance went out for a nice cup of tea and conntinued their conversation. They had made plans to meet up again very soon. Well, needless-to-say, the transformation in my friend was amazing. He was full of energy and renewed creativity. He wasn't tired any longer and those mysterious aches and pains? Gone. What my friend needed was somebody to talk to. Somebody to bond with. I should have gone to see him more often but, as you know, I've been pretty busy. But I do plan on being a better friend and keeping in touch more often. Having friends, especially more than one, is so important to our well-being. The lesson I took away from this is: to make a friend, you have to be one. I also learned how the hand of friendship can transform a life; even just saying a simple "Hello. How are you today?" to someone...maybe a stranger...can make them feel so much better. Add to that, a touch on the hand, or a pat on the back, and you could become the miracle worker somebody desperately needs. So, my message today is, go out and be a friend to someone who's lonely. You could very well be the prescription the doctor ordered! (And you'll feel better, too.)
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