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My Journey with An Old Friend

Have you thought about someone, and the next thing you know you meet her or him? Or simply he/she calls you out of the blue?

It happened to me last week. For a while, I had been thinking about a good friend of mine that I had lost track of for years. The last time I saw him was in 2009 (I think) when he was going to show me a great Sushi place downtown Toronto. We had an amazing time. After that, there was no news from him.

Just last Friday, my phone rang; I looked at the number, which didn't look familiar. I picked up the phone and guess what? It was him! As soon as he said 'hello', I knew exactly who it was. He was so surprised. He thought I wouldn't recognize him.

We agreed to meet on Monday, and we did.

He told me what he went through for the last five years, and I couldn't believe what I was hearing. Hollywood cannot even produce such a movie. Man, he went through tough times that I had tears in my eyes while listening to him. He made my challenges look like a cake walk.

He is starting his life from scratch now, and he is positive about the whole process. He told me that what he went through the last five years made him very humble, and now he is appreciating every little thing he has in his life.

He also told me that when he was felt hopeless, the only thing that kept him alive was the Bible. The funny thing is that, people around him saw him reading the Bible and never approached him (I won't tell you where he was, but it was a very dangerous place). In a way, his Bible became his protection at so many levels.

I talk to him almost every day now, and I am so glad he called me that day. I am learning so much from him. He also made me appreciate and be thankful for the little I have.

Life is full of surprises. Once on the top, we think that it will last forever. It is just a season. Things can change quickly and drastically. Humility is a personal trait my friend learned the hard way, and I can totally relate. Also, when we're down, even though it is difficult to do, let's remember that it is also a season. Things can change quickly and drastically for the better.

Moral of the story? 
Do you want to learn about humility? Just think about me and I will give you a call

Always a pleasure
Patrick

The Journeyman.

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