"The glory of friendship is not the outstretched hand, nor the kindly smile, nor the joy of companionship; it is the spiritual inspiration that comes to one when he discovers that someone else believes in him and is willing to trust him."
Ralph Waldo Emerson
This quote is stuck to the board above my desk with a thumbtack. I don't even know where I got it. But every time I glance up and read it, I am struck by its truth. When I think of my friends, the really true friends, and the kind of friend I wish to be, boiling it all down to its concentrated base, this is what I find.
There is something of the spirit, something instilled in us that ignites when someone believes in us, when someone is willing to trust us.
And it is so fragile.
A writer can't afford to be fragile. When we choose who will read and critique our drafts, we are trusting. When I attach a document in an email and press send, I don't wish for up and down praise and glorious exclamations (okay, a few), but I do wish for help. I do wish for direction.
I don't wish to be placed on a pedestal. Or torn down from one.
I wish to be believed in.
Even when I suck.
I think I can speak for most writers.
Thank you, to all my friends.
You help me glow. I'll try to do the same.