This article is not about business but about values and beliefs – and my personal ones at that. Having said that, I frequently recommend what I am about to share with you to mentoring clients.
I came across this wonderful poem about 35 years ago and it has haunted me ever since.
I’ve been incredibly lucky to have a few friends who are like this. Re-reading it today makes me realise that you don’t need to have many people that you really trust in your life to be very rich indeed! This is “Mapping Beauty” (my Core Process™) at its very best. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.
What is a friend?
C. Raymond Beran
I will tell you – It is a person with whom you dare to be yourself
Your soul can be naked with him
He seems to ask of you to put on nothing, only to be what you are
He does not want you to be better or worse
When you are with him, you feel as a prisoner feels who has been declared innocent
You do not have to be on your guard
You can say what you think, so long as it is genuinely you
He understands those contradictions in your nature that lead others to misjudge you
With him you breath freely
You can avow your little vanities and envies and hates and vicious sparks,
your meannesses and absurdities and, in opening them up to him,
they are lost,dissolved on the white ocean of his loyalty
He understands – You do not have to be careful
You can abuse him, neglect him, tolerate him
Best of all, you can keep still with him – It makes no matter
He likes you, he is like fire that purges you to the bone
You can weep with him, sing with him, laugh with him, pray with him
Through it all, and underneath, he sees, knows, and loves you
A friend? Just one, I repeat, with whom you dare to be yourself.