Motivation Monday

Life Vest Inside has had the very good fortune of finding writers willing to share their Kindness Stories/Articles with us. One of our special recurring writers is David Jablinowitz, Op-Ed Editor at Jerusalem Post, who is famous for his “bus stories.”

A Friend

A friend is the person who is “for you”, always, under any suspicion. He never investigates you. When charges are made against you, he does not ask for proof. He asks the accuser to ‘clear out’.
He likes you as you are; he does not try to alter you. He likes your moods, and enjoys your pessimism as much as your optimism. He likes your success. Your failure endears you to him more. He is better than a lover, because he is never jealous. He wants nothing of you except that you be yourself.
He is the one being with whom you can feel safe, with whom you can utter your heart, in its badness and its goodness. You don’t have to be careful. In his presence you can be indiscreet, which means you can rest. There are many faithful wives and husbands; there are few faithful friends.
Friendship is the most admirable, amazing and rare article among human beings. Anybody may stand by you when you are right, a friend stands by you when you are wrong. The highest known friendship is that of a dog to his master. You are in luck if you can find one man or woman on earth who has that kind of affection for you and fidelity to you.
Like the shade of a great tree in the noon day heat is a friend. A friend is an impregnable citadel of refuge in the strife of existence. It is he that keeps alive your faith in human nature, that makes you believe it is a good universe, he is the antidote to despair, the elixir of hope, the tonic of depression, the medicine to cure suicide.
Whenever you are vigorous and spirited you like to take your pleasure with him. When you are in trouble, you want to tell him; when you are dying, you want him near. You give to him without reluctance and borrow from him without embarrassment.
If you can live life fifty years and find one absolute friend you are fortunate. For the thousands of human creatures that crawl the earth, few are such stuff as friends are made of …
~ Unknown

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Kindness Quote

Always give without remembering and always receive without forgetting.

Brian Tracy

Act of Kindness

Spread the love! Start a toy drive with your friends and make a donation to a children’s hospital or shelter.

Positive Affirmation

I can achieve anything I set my heart to. I am very thankful.

Kindness Media

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