"Most of us will go through our lives never truly appreciating how much we have travelled on the backs of others before reaching our final destination. Our parents, family, teachers, employers, neighbours and friends have each, at some stage of our life, been there to help and support us when our need has been greatest and our awareness has been often wanting.
Some of the help we have received will have been 'up front' and we will therefore be aware of having received it. However, there will be far more support and help we have received 'in the background' and benefited from on our path of life that we may never know of.
For example, who helps you the most; the friend who gives or loans you some money when you badly need it, or the friend who hears someone speaking bad of you and defends you in your absence? The mother who chastises you and pulls you over the coals when you do wrong, but cuddles you when you do good, or the mother who believes you can do no wrong and defends your actions to all others whatever you do? Would you prefer a friend who is prepared to tell you the truth even if it hurts you to hear it, or one who pretends, praises and agrees with you, in order to spare your feelings and preserve your good will?
The travelling of life's road is never an easy journey and our passsage is often made much easier by the good intentions and actions of others that we may never learn of." William Forde: April 28th, 2015.