"A few days ago while I was in hospital receiving my regular three-weekly blood transfusion, a dear person with whom I have become a friend over the past two years called Anne visited at my house and left me a pot of her jam which she knows I love. The fact that she did this kind act on the very same day that her own husband was undergoing a serious operation of uncertain outcome made her thoughtfulness more magnificent to behold. It also made her deed an unquestionable act of love. To display the capacity to place the thoughts of another above that of oneself during a time of personal turmoil is to witness a compassion extraordinary and rare. Indeed, it is to experience an all-embracing act of love which would place the entire world at peace were it ever bottled and freely distributed to warring nations. While I regret not having been at home at the time of her visit, she knows that she will always have a home in my heart.
Cherish your friends and bind them close to your heart. We are all travellers in the wilderness of this world and the best treasure we will ever unearth during our journey is an honest friend. A real friend will walk into your life when the rest of the world walks by or out. Under the magnetism of friendship, attraction towards the opposites are made possible; the modest becomes bold, the shy, more confident and the impetuous prudent and discerning. It is only through the meeting and bonding with a special friend that a new world is born; that similarities between friends appear in abundance and opposite traits become complimentary and attractive to the friendship forged.
A true friend is not an ephemeral acquaintance with transient meaning and purpose. They are a person of eternal blessing that is as lifelong as the day your friendship was born; and they know how to make the best of jams!" William Forde: January 14th, 2015.