Thank-You For Being My Friend

When things are confused
I discuss them with you
Until they make sense.

When something good happens
You are the first person I tell
So I can share my happiness.

When I don’t know what to do in a situation
I ask your opinion
And weigh it heavily with mine.

When I am lonely
I call you,
Because I never feel alone with you.

When I have a problem
I ask for your help,
Because your wiseness helps me to solve it.

When I want to have fun
I want to be with you,
Because we have such a great time together.

When I want to talk to someone
I always talk to you,
Because you understand me.

When I want the truth about something
I call you–because you are so honest.

It is essential to have you in my life,
Thank-you for being my friend.

~Susan Polis Schutz

Please, Just Listen

When I ask you to listen to me, and you start giving advice, you have not done what I asked.
When I ask you to listen to me, and you begin to tell me why I shouldn’t feel that way, you are trampling on my feelings.
When I ask you to listen to me and you feel you have to do something to solve my problem, you have failed me, strange as that may seem.
Listen! All asked was that you listen, not talk or do….just hear.
Advice is cheap: Twenty cents will get you both Dear Abby and Billy Graham in the same newspaper.
And I can do for myself.I’m not helpless.Maybe discouraged and faltering, but not helpless.
When you do something for me that I can and need to do for myself, you contribute to my fear and inadequacy.
But when you accept, as a simple fact, that I do feel, no matter how irrational, then I can quit trying to convince you and get about the business of understanding what’s behind this irrational feeling.
And when that’s clear, the answers are obvious and I don’t need advice.Irrational feelings make sense when we understand what’s behind them.
So please listen and just hear me.And if you want to talk, wait a minute for your turn, and I’ll listen to you.

Letter From A Friend

I am writing to say how much I care for you and to say how much I want you to know me better.
When you awoke this morning I exploded a brilliant sunrise through your window hoping to get your attention, but you rushed off without even knowing.
Later, I noticed you were walking with some friends, so I bathed you in warm sunshine and perfumed the air with nature’s sweet scent, and still you did not notice me.
As you passed by, I shouted to you in a thunderstorm and painted a beautiful rainbow in the sky, and you didn’t even look.
In the evening, I spilled moonlight onto your face and sent a cool breeze to rest you.As you slept I watched over you and shared your thoughts, but you were unaware that I was so near.
I have chosen you and hope you will talk to me soon.Until then I will remain near.I am your friend and love you very much.