In the harbor, all ships appeared able.

It is in the storms of life, when true skill is shown.

I don’t have the quote correct and cannot attribute it, but I woke up this morning thinking of it and how during the crises in life, we truly see what people are made of.

I suppose that is why I have never felt completely alone as God has always put what I needed — a kind word from a friend or stranger, a smile, a hand to help me up when I have stumbled — upon my path.   Isn’t that amazing how that works?

I have often been called naïve and too trusting, but I would prefer to always start off thinking the best of people.  I have seen how during the storms of life, people who you thought would help — are not there.  And people who you never imagined would or could — are.

There are so many truly good, compassionate, caring people who put a hand down to help, who inconvenience themselves at others expenses, who act unselfishly, who don’t point fingers or blame but instead ask, ‘what can we do here?’  ‘What needs to be done?’

‘Give me the bucket, and I will start bailing.’

As I have gotten older, I am better able to spot these people – the ones you want on your boat.

Thank you.  From the bottom of my heart, thank you.

Find these people.  Hang out with them.  Make them your friends.

And Then Go Be Them.  ❤

Picture credit to Hermann Herzog – one of the Hudson River painters.  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hermann_Ottomar_Herzog