~ JTR Favorite Poetry ~

ABC'S OF FRIENDSHIP

The ABC's of Friendship

A Friend....

Accepts you as you are
Believes in "you"
Calls you just to say "HI"
Doesn't give up on you
Envisions the whole of you (even the unfinished parts)
Forgives your mistakes
Gives unconditionally
Helps you
Invites you over
Just because
Keeps you close at heart
Loves you for who you are
Makes a difference in your life
Never Judges
Offers support
Picks you up
Quiets your fears
Raises your spirits
Says nice things about you
Tells you the truth when you need to hear it
Understands you
Values you
Walks beside you
Xxoxoxoxxxoooxxoxo
Yells when you won't listen and
Zaps you back to reality (OUCH!)

Love

LOVE IS
being happy for the other person
when they are happy
being sad for the other person when they are sad
being together in good times
and being together in bad times
Love is the source of strength

LOVE IS
being honest with yourself at all times
being honest with the other person at all times
telling, listening, respecting the truth
and never pretending
Love is the source of reality

LOVE IS
an understanding that is so complete that
you feel as if you are a part of the other person
accepting the other person just the way they are
and not trying to change them to be something else
Love is the source of unity

LOVE IS
the freedom to pursue your own desires
while sharing your experiences with the other person
the growth of one individual alongside of
and together with the growth of another individual
Love is the source of success

LOVE IS
the excitement of planning things together
the excitement of doing things together
Love is the source of the future

LOVE IS
the fury of the storm
the calm of the rainbow
Love is the source of passion

LOVE IS
giving and taking in a daily situation
being patient with each other's needs and desires
Love is the source of sharing

LOVE IS
knowing that the other person
will always be with you regardless of what happens
missing the other person when they are away
but remaining near in heart at all times
Love is the source of security

LOVE IS
the source of life

Susan Polis Schutz

PERFECTLY IMPERFECT

We talk! We walk!
We love, and Need

We are humans...blessed
With all The fingers and toes
Of "perfection".

Forgetting, at times
That Perfection exists as
A concept for those
Who desire the Finite.

Is it possible to allow
Ourselves the liberty
Of being the perfectly
Imperfect but Perfectly
Accepting of
That?

Can I still dream dreams?
Can I still run in green fields
With my spirits soaring
If my underwear is ripped
Or my knees are bloodied
From falling again
On the path to Perfection?

In the Path lies the pleasure
And pain Of living,
Of loving Of losing,of striving.

But coming up short
To again seek once
Again, the Path...The Beloved.

On the Path's where we feel
What it is to need God.
Whomever whatever that
Is, shall appear.

On the day least expected
On the road dark and dreary
Or a day filled with brilliance
Will we find our Power.

Who waits even now
Gently patient...slightly teary
Cause they love us. Let's
Be gentle, and patient,
Right now.

L.L.M.


Love,
Mari
Marisok@aol.com
The Recovery Group