As I sat on the couch listening to my friend of a decade recount all the near capsizes and man overboard moments we’ve both survived I sent up a small prayer of thanksgiving. As we talked his face turned thoughtful and then serious as he jumped to his feet, “Just a minute. I have something for you.” He said as he rushed down the hall toward the back bedroom. Did I smell that bad? I wondered, half expecting him to return with a bottle of Listerine or deodorant. “It will only take two minutes- to find it. Do not leave.” He yelled over his shoulder.
Our friendship commenced after I hired him to sell my dream home. Right after I hired him as my agent I accidentally left the bath water running upstairs while I was down in the kitchen with him going over a cash offer he’d received on the house. Had he not noticed a small leak from the ceiling vent he probably wouldn’t have walked over to directly under the ceiling vent as it it gave way and came crashing down on his head due to the force of what was now much more than a mere drip or leak. Thankfully I was able to get to the tub before the tub crashed through the ceiling and ruined the cash offer that eventually I accepted because I had to sell the home I’d always dreamed of owning and retiring in.
“I took this photo in Italy.” He said as he walked back into the front room. The photo was black and white that was oddly eerily tinged septia. “This was the luckiest shot I had that year. Look at the sky, I didn’t shoot this with a filter. This is what it really looked like. It was 4 O’ Clock. After the storm.”
His eyes pooled with tears . “This is for you. It’s for you…”
I stared at the photo. Storms leave a new filter by which you get to view what’s left when the rains stop and you are able to right side your capsized self.
They always surprise you. Change your perspective and teach you about the importance of life jackets especially the ones called friends.
And after the storm it’s always later than you’d think.
So when you find you’ve survived and are back on shore with hope lifting all around you. It’s important to hug the friends that were your life preservers and helped you to learn how to swim in waters you thought might drown you…
Is The Storm Over Yet? Friendship Inspiration
Today I’m thankful for every single life preserver of a friend that I’ve been fortunate enough to come through storms with. And I’m also grateful for this filter that comes after the storm has passed that allows me to see things I’d missed before and helps me to see priorities, meaning and purpose more clearly than before I nearly drowned…..
Photo By Jim Wilkinson