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This prayer is a practice in gratitude for one of the most important things in life, friends. I am not a big film buff but I remember a big lesson in the importance of friendship from “Into the Wild”. Based on a real story, a young man sets out on a epic journey of self-discovery and rejects all attachments to daily life, including his bonds to people. The final realization comes on his death bed as he utters his last words, “happiness is only real when shared”.
It’s not that this is the absolute truth, but I think it evokes a truth. We come into this life experience to relate with others. Our greatest learnings often happen in relationship (friendship, family, partnership), as do our greatest joys. There is no denying that our relating to others in life is among the greatest of the things we do.
I have personally been blessed with rich and varied friendships. Each has influenced who I am and because I am proud of who I am, I am grateful for every being along my path.
There are challenging friendships too. There are difficult moments of relating. There are misunderstandings and all kinds of unpleasant things that come with the risk of friendship. I’ve taken so many risks and it has often not been easy.
As I see it, it’s always worth it. This prayer is a recognition of the best parts of friendship. That happiness is indeed in the sharing of it.
An additional commentary on the first line of this prayer “My life is so full of the right people, so full of the right love.” The word “right” here is not a judgment call. It is used to acknowledge the perfection of life. That it is always “right” because it is divine will or, as we are willing to see it. We can always chose how we perceive our life experience, and for me, the daily exercise of seeing all that is as “right” is the point of view I chose. I hope it serves you also.
Happy Thanksgiving dear friends.