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An Acid Test
By Mona Lease

Hi, all!! I have a couple of friends who have been diagnosed with cancer. One said she's going to let the lung cancer take her. The other one had reconstructive surgery to the face (sinus cancer) and is now minus an eye. What do you say here?? What do you do?? Maybe the answer is as simple as the following:

True friendship isn't who you have known the longest...it's who showed up when you needed them most. It's who listens to understand you and not just to reply. It's someone who helps you without an agenda. They are the people who believe in you, encourage you, and love you. They are honest, loyal, and thoughtful. True friends make time for you...not excuses. They are the ones you can spend time with making memories...yet also go a while without seeing them and nothing has changed.

An old Cherokee is teaching his Grandson about life. "A fight is going on inside of me," he said to the boy. It is a terrible fight between two wolves. One is evil - he is anger, envy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, and ego. He continued. The other is good - he is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion, and faith. The same fight is going on inside of you and every other person, too. The Grandson thought about it for a minute and then asked his Grandfather, "Which wolf will win?" The old Cherokee simply replied, "The one you feed."

To those who have hurt me - Thank you! You have made me a stronger person. You have made me see what I do not want. You showed me what I need. To those who love me - Thank you! You made me see what love really is. You made my heart a little bigger. To those who believe in me - Thank you! You made me feel "worth it." You helped me to believe in myself. You helped me to be who I am today. To those who stay in my life - Thank you! You've taught me the meaning of loyalty. You've helped me to break down my walls. You've shown me what true friendship really is. Thank you.

My love is free but, my trust is earned. Do not mistake my kindness for weakness because integrity is my greatest strength.

Little hugs can dry big tears. Little candles can light the darkness. Little memories can last for years. It's the little things in life that bring the greatest happiness.

I know you are tired. I know you are physically and emotionally drained. But, you have to keep going.

When you have a friend who checks on you and wants nothing but the best for you without motives....keep them dear. Such souls are rare. Thanks for reading.

Remember the kiddies and our service people. Take good care of the furry and feathered ones out there. Be safe and healthy. See ya next time. Ever Toodles!!! MONA


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