Portrait of a Friend By Anonymous

I can’t give you solutions
to all of life’s problems, doubts, or fears.
But I can listen to you,
and together we will search for answers.
I can’t change your past
with all it’s heartache and pain,
nor the future with its untold stories.
But I can be there now
when you need me to care.

I can’t keep your
feet from stumbling.
I can only offer my hand
that you may grasp it and not fall.
Your joys,
triumphs, successes,
and happiness are not mine;
Yet I can share in your laughter.
Your decisions in life
are not mine to make,
nor to judge;
I can only support you,
encourage you,
and help you when you ask.
I can’t prevent you from
falling away from friendship,
from your values,
from me.
I can only pray for you,
talk to you and wait for you.
I can’t give you boundaries
which I have determined for you,
But I can give you the room to change,
room to grow, room to be yourself.
I can’t keep your heart
from breaking and hurting,
But I can cry with you
and help you pick up
the pieces and put them
back in place.
I can’t tell you who you are.
I can only love you
and be your friend.

Don’t Quit By Anonymous

When things go wrong, as they sometimes will,
When the road you’re trudging seems all uphill,
When the funds are low and the debts are high,
And you want to smile, but you have to sigh,
When care is pressing you down a bit,
Rest, if you must, but don’t you quit.

Life is queer with its twists and turns,
As every one of us sometimes learns,
And many a failure turns about,
When he might have won had he stuck it out;
Don’t give up though the pace seems slow–
You may succeed with another blow.

Often the goal is nearer than,
It seems to a faint and faltering man,
Often the struggler has given up,
When he might have captured the victor’s cup,
And he learned too late when the night slipped down,
How close he was to the golden crown.

Success is failure turned inside out–
The silver tint of the clouds of doubt,
And you never can tell how close you are,
It may be near when it seems so far,
So stick to the fight when you’re hardest hit–
It’s when things seem worst that you must not quit.