Monday, May 21, 2012

Standing By

We can't recall when or why a dear friend of ours shared this poem, but its message is beautiful and serves as a reminder that "standing by" can help others see beautiful. This is particularly meaningful when we feel that ever-burning "What can we do?" question burning your heart for another. It turns out simply standing by is a pretty wonderful thing. We also feel this is a perfectly fitting poem to celebrate our non-profit of the month, Guide Dogs of America; guide dogs exemplify "standing by."

The Friend Who Stands By
by B.Y. Williams

When trouble comes your soul to try,
You love the friend who just "stands by."
Perhaps there's nothing she can do --
The thing is strictly up to you;
For there are troubles all your own,
And paths the soul must tread alone;
Times when love cannot smooth the road
Nor friendship lift the heavy load,
But just to know you have a friend
who will "stand by" until the end,
whose sympathy through all endures,
Whose warm handclasp is always yours--
It helps, someway to pull you through,
Although there's nothing she can do.
and so with fervent heart you cry,
"God bless the friend who just 'stands by'!"

Poem by B.Y Williams, published in Poems That Touch The Heart by A.L. Alexander

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  1. The poem is perfect for the guide dogs.  I guess it is perfect for all dogs.  That what we do, stand by.  

  2. happy, happy...even on a rainy day.  thanks

  3. What a BEAUTIFUL poem!!...:)JP

  4. I agree with Goose..... dogs are an excellent example of the love and support that can be felt by "Standing By".

  5. So fitting - had just posted about Cricket's patience and indeed standing by!  By the way, my colleague today absolutely loved her bracelet! 

  6. What a beautiful poem...very fitting!
    Have a beautiful day!!  xo Jeanne

  7.  Thanks so much! It does help us see beautiful! We loved reading about your wonderful celebrations over the weekend! You were certainly standing by! Happy seeing beautiful!

  8.  Oh, yeah! This is wonderful news. I loved the post about Cricket and her sweet patience. We should all be so lucky to have such a wonderful soul by our sides.

  9.  It is no surprise that you and Goose are on the same page. You're both really good at standing by. And you're right - pups are a beautiful example of what standing by should look like! Happy seeing beautiful!

  10. Thanks so much! We love your reflections and appreciate you coming to share and see beautiful wit us!

  11.  Oh, that's the see beautiful spirit! Happy seeing beautiful!

  12.  Totally perfect for all dogs, Goose. You hit the nail on the head. I'm sure you're standing by MOM right now. Happy seeing beautiful, friend!


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