Another of my real good buddies comes from the academic world. I first met Dr. Marian Mosser during a Capella University colloquia for our students which was held in Crystal City, Virginia. We quickly struck up a friendship based upon our no-nonsense view of life.
We are both retired military officers, we are both faculty instructors and we are both doctoral mentors. Marian has served as a friend and mentor to me as I have worked in the world of mentoring doctoral students at Capella. Her knowledge of the doctoral process is amazing and her willingness to share her insights with me is heartfelt. I really do not know where I would be without her.
Let me suggest that there are people like this in your life. All of you have friends who are there for you when it really counts. You too have folks like this in your life. By golly, you need to say thank you to them. Not once, not twice, but as often as you can. I can only hope that I am as good a friend to these people as they are to me. Rest assured that I will keep trying to do all that is expected of me whenever I can.
In my little part of the world, my wife and I are thankful for the friends who have been with us through thick and thin. Maybe they are from the Colts Neck Reformed Church. There are a lot of really great people there. Or it could be that they belong to the Adelphia Fire Company, the Freehold Fire Department, or one of the community bands with which I have been fortunate to associate.
I pray that I am as good a friend to these people as they are to me. When they call, I listen. When they ask for help, I try to assist them. I just wish there was more that I had to offer to them. But that is how it is in life. Each of us has certain skills and abilities. We need to share these with others whenever and wherever we can.
The whole point of this little visit with you today is to remind you to love, support, and nurture your friends. Let me close by asking you a really important question. Where would any of us be without the help of our friends? In the absence of good friends, life on God's Green Earth would be a whole lot lonelier and less productive.
As you sit down to give thanks on Thanksgiving Day, do not limit your vision of the reasons for saying thank you. Cast your net far and wide. Skip the emails my friends and pick up the phone. Let the words come from your heart and let your friends hear them. It is not hard, but it is often overlooked.