Kindness, Courage, Appreciation, And Disaster. - Poem by Zach Stahle
I understand where you're coming from, really. The thing is, though, with people I refer to as 'fair-weather friends' is that they seem to disappear when they're needed most, leaving you to feel cold and alone as you fend for yourself in the dangerous gauntlet that is the storm of life's troublesome events. In my opinion, the ones who are true friends are the ones who are there before all is lost in the inevitable natural disaster, when all is safe and secure. Even as the sky begins to grow darker day by day, the winds become bitter and sway violently without direction and the very bodies of water themselves that were once calm and gentle are now collapsing around you. Every passing moment: worse than its predecessor.
All seems lost...
A true friend would stand in the rain by your side. A true friend is the one who wishes to help pick up the pieces of debris that were once your home and your valuables; not for reasons of their own gain, but because they cannot stand to see you left alone to repair your life-once whole, now reduced to a crumbled, catastrophic mess. A true friend sees that nobody, especially you, deserves such a plight, and should never have to be given up on because such a task, such a test of worthy may seem to be too difficult to some. A true friend would see every painful effort more than worth the life of a friend. And when all is done, safety and order is finally restored, a true friend would stay to enjoy the fruits of these labors.
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