To Friends: A Call to Duty

Friendship is an abundant self‐expression of giving, helping, caring, and expecting, existing in every corner of our world. So enticing is the desire and need for friendship that we often render and demand it without a second thought, without consideration of the significance, importance, and dedication that true friendships require. But when we rush into friendship, we can create false fondness or selfish expectation, and we often learn that the sincere friendship we gave is not the same that we receive, leaving our souls feeling injured and disillusioned. Friendship must be honestly given, gingerly cared for, tenderly touched, and softly🔒

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Ismael Meléndez is a member of Eastern Prison Preparative Meeting in Napanoch, N.Y.

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