What do you do,
when every day it seems,
that life is raining on you?
Day after day, no sun shines.
The world is filled with grey skies,
and the darkness of night comes early.
What gets you through?
Is it the support of friends or family?
Is it faith in a God above?
Or is it a mental toughness,
an inbuilt hope?
Is there within us all,
the will to keep on going,
regardless of the weather,
and the storms that pour their rain on us?
I question and wonder what are the answers?
I am sure some of you are reading this,
experiencing life raining on you.
The waves dragging you under,
I hope you can keep on battling.
Because of one thing I am certain,
it cannot rain forever,
and if you can keep on swimming,
calmer seas do come.
For those of us, your friends, who share your life,
and watch each day,
as more rough seas surround you,
we can do no more,
than stand on the shore and shout for you.
We see you struggling,
and at times we can throw you lifelines,
our love, our thoughts, our friendship,
and for those with faith their prayers.
We cannot however join you in the sea.
But always know we will never leave the shore.
Day or night we will remain there,
watching, shouting and willing you through.
Until at last you make it into calmer waters.
Then and only then will we pack our bags,
and leave the shore.
Then and only then will our job as friends be done.
(Posted from one friend standing on the shore,
to another who has spent many days standing there for me in the past. Xx)