December 25, 2017, El Paso-
I had intended on writing this from Phoenix. Ha! The wheels of transport are blessedly efficient, today. We even got into this west Texas hub, fifteen minutes ahead of schedule. We just keep movin’ and groovin’.
So it goes. I want to thank my friends, all umpteen thousand of you, for what you have given me, this year and for several years past.
My childhood friends: Many of you are still with me, on Facebook and in some cases, in real life, when I am back in Massachusetts. Each of us has had our share of hard times, but life has been quite good, overall. Back in the day, we never let one another down.,
My military and college friends: I don’t see you anymore, and have no idea where any of you are. You did teach me forbearance and to have a sense-of-humour-based camaraderie. I think that, as much as anything, tempered the effects of my autism.
My friends in the educational community, at all levels: Always, you inspire me to look inward and upward. So many fine people are involved in raising children to their own higher levels. Good teachers, as one of my first mentors said, work hard, without regret.
My Baha’i friends: From the get-go, you have kept me focused and confirmed my outward, inclusive view of the world. I no longer feel like a fish out of water, when my mind is as concerned with people far,as well as near.
My online friends: In groups ranging from Archaeology for the Soul to Digital Altitude and the do Terra groups, you expand my mind and let me give my own voice to matters of health, spirituality and responsible financial planning. My individual friends here are universally encouraging, even when you challenge me to think outside my own little box.
Friendships are organic and fluid. My dearest friends bring that friendship upward and onward, as I do my level best to do for any of my friends. In the end, as Jewel once sang, “only kindness matters.”