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Friends are amazing creatures, when you find a new one you will know, they will be there for you.

Updated on February 24, 2013

A supper with friends

Sometimes a look at this picture and remember shildhood meals with many gathered around. All these guys were lucky to have friends like these.
Sometimes a look at this picture and remember shildhood meals with many gathered around. All these guys were lucky to have friends like these. | Source

Lend a hand and help someone, it changes lives.

I know I am a decent writer. I know how to write and hold a thought and tie in loose ends and have a climax and conclusion. I am confident in my writing. However…..

A bit ago I got hired to draft an IPO. (Initial public offering) It was a start from scratch project and the lawyer for the enterprise was not going to be available. His partner would oversee the work and I was just required to pump out the first draft and some subscription documents and a boatload of disclaimers and then put together the financial predictions. Piece of cake and then they wanted in less than a week. Yikes I froze. I mean I froze, anxiety, fears and lack of focus. I called my good friend and asked for help. He being a lawyer I figured he would get this stuff easy – not true, this is very technical and specialized work. But here is what did happen, he called me morning and night and emailed me. He sent me some stuff that was helpful. The work got done in fine timely fashion and I have never had a better experience stemming solely from friendship. He gave me what I lost and he lifted me up.

The First Gift was Given, after that I could recieve by giving.

Another bit ago I decided that I would pursue writing for a living on subjects that I like. Here I am and it looks like it will turn out alright.

Phdast7 really took some time to critique a hub I wrote. She offered advice. She extended a hand. But what was most fantastic was the time she committed to helping a “new friend”. I felt really special.

Rcrumple gave swift and good advice after having seriously read several of my hubs. He let me know that I could in fact write poetry, and inspired. I believe he wrote a special hub just for me, about a tango and stress over publishing that has helped me immensely.

Mr. Happy and Dan Watkins also lent very positive encouragement and showed me that any person can appreciate any hub if the heart of the writer is in it.

So much to my delight I met wonderful caring people from many walks of life. I got the message 1 very loud and clear, do unto others as others have so graciously done onto you.

But I got another message that is more important. That these friends showed me in the cold light of day. Other people have magnificence in them. In a proper place where they lay their heart out to the world there is a tenderness that is ours for the asking, by simply reading. And how much more fantastic are they all when we reach out and lend them a hand up. I hope I can repay someday the kindness.


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    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      3 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Venkatachari, Thank you for coming by and leaving such a nice comment. Truly friends are treasures.

    • Venkatachari M profile image

      Venkatachari M 

      3 years ago from Hyderabad, India

      Very beautiful and interesting to read. It's true. Friends are the most dearest in our lives. Thanks for sharing your valuable memories.

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      6 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.


      Thank you much. Paying it Forward is an awesome concept. And you are right that it is just plain decency.

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      Mr. Happy 

      6 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      "One for All and All for One", Mr. Erick Dierker! Ever thought of being a Musketeer?

      I sincerely thank You for the kind words. And thank You for all the conversations which we engaged in, for your time and patience.

      May Wakan Tanka always walk with You!


      P.S. Thank You to Mrs. Theresa as well - she is a truly amazing Being, in my opinion. I just got here from following her trail (as I do many times).

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      Theresa Ast 

      6 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      Erich -- Well the cats and I were about ready to turn in and I decided to "quickly" read "just one more." What a pleasant and affirming surprise lay buried in this Hub. Thank you for all your words and thoughts, in particular thank you for your kind words to me, to Rich, to White Wolf, to Dan. Your final paragraph reads like soulful poetry. :) What I find wonderful is the privilege of "paying it forward." People have been doing that since the dawn of time, but the movie and the iconic phrase are nice. There is always someone who has helped us and it just plain decency that we reach out as well. Lovely essay. ~~ Theresa

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      6 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Christopher, It ocurred to me that friends are friendly people. Old long time acquintances are not always friendly. You have friendliness as part of your charactar. Thank you.

    • The-Quietwarrior profile image


      6 years ago

      Wonderful article. Stirs friendly reminders of my own past situations... especially my very 1st ghostwriting venture.

    • christopheranton profile image

      Christopher Antony Meade 

      6 years ago from Gillingham Kent. United Kingdom

      A good friend is a treasure we should cherish for ever. I'm glad you found some here. You deserve them.

    • rcrumple profile image


      6 years ago from Kentucky

      Eric -

      Your comfort level seems to be much calmer as you write these days. If my poem had anything to do with that it is payment enough. I am humbled by your thanks, but only wanted to help a friend out by demonstrating you were not alone in your feelings. There's comfort in numbers! Be well, my friend!


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