Friendship in an Age of Economics
My grandfather once told me, at an early age, “If you can count 3 people in your life time TRUE FRIENDS (no matter what), you will have lived and conducted yourself successfully and morally, to answer in the next (life)”.
You see, I think we each will be asked to account not for what we did, or did not do; nor even if talents, or grace bestowed, where fully utilized, or achieved; but rather: ‘Did You Try?’
Additionally, in trying: ‘Did You Serve The Least Among Those You Knew?’
By the way, it is never too late to answer these questions in the affirmative, if you merely start NOW.
~ Uncle Russ
When I was 17 years old, I had the honor of being the youngest person in the history of New York Hospital to undergo surgery for a herniated disc. This was at a time in which operations like this kept people in the hospital for over a week. The day after my surgery, I awoke to find a friend of mine sitting in a chair across from my bed. I don’t remember much about his visit. I am sure I was too sedated to say much. But I will not forget that he visited me on that day, and sat there for I know not how long, while my humanity was in the care of a morphine drip.