Friendship Brings Beauty into Your Life
It is the depth and vibrancy of friendship that brings beauty into your life. Friendship is the ground you plant your tree in, the fertile basis of your flourishing. Friendship creates a continuous vitality around you, and in you. The friend may be a bird, or a cat, or a frail person who is dying. Still, if the friendship is strong, it will purify the circle of your living as a drop of the prophet’s blood does the ground it falls on.
True friends sacrifice wealth and reputation, everything, for each other. When asked why, they say, I wish I had more to give. Abu Bakr and the other companions of Muhammad lived in such friendship.
(trans. Coleman Barks & John Moyne)
Thinking today about being a friend to oneself.