Today, 30th of July, is The International Day of Friendship.
Sharing the human spirit through friendship
‘Our world faces many challenges, crises and forces of division — such as poverty, violence, and human rights abuses — among many others — that undermine peace, security, development and social harmony among the world's peoples.
To confront those crises and challenges, their root causes must be addressed by promoting and defending a shared spirit of human solidarity that takes many forms — the simplest of which is friendship.
Through friendship — by accumulating bonds of camaraderie and developing strong ties of trust — we can contribute to the fundamental shifts that are urgently needed to achieve lasting stability, weave a safety net that will protect us all, and generate passion for a better world where all are united for the greater good...’- United Nations, International Day of Friendship, 30 July
A Heart-felt Thanks to All Those Who Have Inspired Me
“Walking with a friend in the dark is better than walking alone in the light.”- Helen Keller
“Without friends no one would choose to live, though he had all other goods.”- Aristotle
“The glory of friendship is not the outstretched hand, not the kindly smile, nor the joy of companionship; it is the spiritual inspiration that comes to one when you discover that someone else believes in you and is willing to trust you with a friendship.”- Ralph Waldo Emerson
"The circle of friendship is a place of warmth and caring where people come together for listening and sharing. A place of kindness and trust, a place of tears and laughter too. I'm glad to share that circle with a special friend like you."- Beth Stuckwisch
These beautiful and inspiring quotes very much resonate with me and are at the heart of my thanksgiving today.
‘What is Happiness? What is Friendship?
Angels in our life...Our Friends
“Friendship dances around the world announcing to all of us that we must wake up to blessedness.”
- The Vatican Collection of Epicurean Sayings
For me, one of the main paths to true happiness and joy is to have great friends, to be able to mentor them, to observe them and learn from them, to share stories with them, to be stretched and challenged by them, and above all, through them to reach out towards the ultimate friend, the unconditional one, when and where, healing and the truest life begins.
The world of mystical awareness is awesome indeed, when a human being can become a field of love, compassion, generosity, playfulness and hope. A true friend and a great friendship is the path to this mystical awareness, discovery and journey.
It is in this spirit that I wish to give thanks on this International Day of Friendship to all of those who have inspired, enabled and empowered me to be who I am and what I do. It is an impossible task to acknowledge them all personally. I am, forever, conscious of the debt that I owe them all, most of them went on to join the Advisory Board of the GCGI and/or also act as the GCGI Senior Ambassadors.
Once again, thank you my friends, the sources of my inspiration and strength. I cannot tell you enough how grateful I am to you all.
Friendship for ever,