posted on Jan, 26 2018 @ 02:33 PM
"This year I have learned the hard way who my real friends are. They are the ones I need in now in my life who want me in theirs even when I have
nothing to offer by myself. Thank you for being a real friend.
Saying that this year has been hard for me is quite an understatement. I have felt like I have been on a path leading to nowhere. I've waited
months for something good to happen, some positive direction to go in. Seeing you again after too long was just that. You have reminded me that
there is still some good left in this world. You have made things that much better by just being yourself. Thank you. Your friendship means a great
deal to me.
Where does my path lead me now? I see closed doors (Social Security, employment, false friends) now not as barriers but as openings for whatever the
future holds. I'm thankful for all your help. I trust we will continue on our path of friendship for many years to come."
This letter was written in 2014, not to be sent but done in the honor of thanking a friend who I worked with some twenty years ago. My wife
unexpectedly passed away earlier that year. I was in complete shock over what to do next. Issues arose such as losing my Social Security Benefits
for no reason given. I tried to find work but my limited abilities made that almost impossible. I could no longer afford to live on my own. My
searches for help resulted in me contacting this friend who I worked with in the 1990's. She went beyond the call of duty to help out. Using her
own limited money she took time of her work and flew to the state I was living in and helped me pack what we could, especially my cats, into my
mini-van for the long trip to live with my parents. As she has shared her time and money with me more than I would expect someone to do I am forever
Since then I have been waiting for news from Social Security as to when my next hearing will be. This will be the third one and I hope the final one.
With my head injury, seizures, back injury, and recent heart attack keeping me out of the workplace, my friend has been very supportive by helping me
get through the long wait to a time when I'll at least have a limited income.
When I discovered that my wife was no longer living that morning I felt that half of my heart had been taken away as well. Without her I was nothing.
I tried to find someone else to take her place through online dating sites, but how can you replace someone who has been a part of your heart for
twenty years? It's taken me until this year to realize that. Before I can fill my heart with a new love I need to heal the broken parts of me
first. I've joined the Shed and other websites to do just that. There are others out in this world of ours who have experienced the same issues I
have. Knowing that there are others walking this same path has made me learn that I am not alone.