Best of PONDER on THIS for Friday, October 4th, 2013 by Marianne Williamson in ILLUMINATA

“Loyalty to friends is easy when nothing rotten is in the air. But when rumors are flying, or innuendos, or betrayals – that is when the quality of true friendship becomes the stuff of heroic response. To give a friend the benefit of the doubt, to listen with depth and compassion and non-judgment to his/her story, to remain an approving friend even when you do not agree with a particular position, to be truly loyal in an age where loyalty is so easily relinquished – these are opportunities to use friendship as a means of righteous participation in life.

We live at a time when people collect friends like we collect clothes – different types for different moods, seasonal, disposable. Friends should be like classics, having nothing to do with this season’s trends or appetites or designs. They should be a mainstay of life, not only for what we get from them personally, but also for the opportunities they provide us to practice the art of a more noble existence.”

                                Marianne Williamson, in “Illuminata”

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