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.
For weeks you wake up thinking,
today the sun might shine,
only to discover,
that another storm has come,
and even more rain is lashing down.
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?
In life sometimes,
troubles come in giant waves,
drowning us with their size and frequency.
Are we all born with the same ability to swim?
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)
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18 thoughts on “A post from the shore to a friend in rough seas.”
I spend a lot of time treading water, it seems.
Calm waters will come hang on in there. I hope you have a whole posse waiting at the shore!
I have a whole posse of fellow bloggers! 🙂
This is awesome.
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I don’t mean to discredit the person in the stormy sea by any means. I’ve been blasted by those big waves more times than I can count. I’ve also been the person on the shore, pacing back and forth, scanning the horizon, screaming above the ocean’s roar and saying silent prayers. It is a hard place to be… watching, waiting and standing by with a warm dry towel. Sending water wing wishes to your friend for an easier ride.
Ha ha. I am sure she would not mind your comment at all. Hopefully all will be back to normal soon and I can pack my bags and she can dry off! Fingers crossed.
Nice to see you visit and comment. Thanks.
a beautiful tribute to friendship tric. what is life if not compassion?
this is very touching – brought tears to my eyes. xx
Thank you. It is hard to stand back and watch helplessly when a friend is having a tough time. I just wanted her to know I and others were there for her. Fingers crossed we can leave the shore soon!
you are a lovely and loving friend. i have learned that when things are at their worst, one can always discover who their true friends are – i had this happen to me and i was royally disappointed.
That is terrible. My friend who I wrote this for is luckily surrounded by many very good friends. I know what you mean though. Many years ago I was stunned when one of my “friends” let a mutual friend down so very badly.
Wow … You are amazing with your words!
Thank you for saying what so many of us can not…..
Thanks a mil. Can’t wait until we pack our bags and leave this shore for a big party. I think a few whiskeys will be in order that night!
Some day she will hopefully get to read these posts for her and know how much she was thought about by us all.
so beautiful and what a wonderful friend you are.
Thanks a million. My friend is going through a terrible experience. It is so hard to watch and be helpless.No one knows how long it will be before we get to leave the shore. The good thing is I have plenty company! I am glad you liked it.
The imagery in this piece is beautiful, Tric. Thanks for sharing it with me.