Being a Friend – Best Gift Ever……..


Friends are angels who lift us to our feet when our wings have trouble remembering how to fly. A beautiful story told by Kane about his friend Kyle:

‘One day, when I was a freshman in high school, I saw a kid from my class who was walking home from school. His name was Kyle. It looked like he was carrying all of his books. I thought to myself, ‘Why would anyone bring home all his books on a Friday? He must really be a nerd.’ I had quite a weekend planned (parties and a football game with my friends), so I shrugged my shoulders and went on.

As I was walking, I saw a bunch of kids running towards him and knocking all his books out of his arms and tripping him so he landed in the dirt. His glasses went flying and I saw them land in the grass. He looked up and I saw this terrible sadness in his eyes. My heart went out to him.   So, I jogged over to him as he crawled around looking for his glasses and I saw a tear in his eye. As I handed him his glasses, I said, ‘Those guys are jerks.’  He looked at me and said, ‘Hey thanks!’ There was a big smile on his face. It was one of those smiles that showed real gratitude. I helped him pick up his books, and asked him where he lived. As it turned out, he lived near me, so I asked him why I had never seen him before.

He said he had gone to private school before now. I would have never hung out with a private school kid before. We talked all the way home, and I carried some of his books. He turned out to be a pretty cool kid. I asked him if he wanted to play a little football with my friends. He said yes. We hung out all weekend and the more I got to know Kyle, the more I liked him, and my friends thought the same of him. Monday morning came, and there were Kyle with the huge stack of books again. I stopped him and said, ‘Boy, you are gonna really build some serious muscles with this pile of books every day. He just laughed and handed me half the books. Over the next four years, Kyle and I became the best of friends.

Kyle decided on Georgetown and I was going to Duke. I knew that we would always be friends, that the miles would never be a problem. He was going to be a doctor and I was going to business school. I teased him all the time about being a nerd. He had to prepare a speech for graduation. I was so glad it wasn’t me having to get up there and speak. Graduation day, I saw Kyle. He looked great. He was one of those guys that really found himself during high school and looked good in glasses and he had sure become very popular too. Today was one of those days. I could see that he was nervous about his speech. So, I smacked him on the back and said, ‘Hey, big guy, you will be great’ He looked at me with one of those looks (the really grateful one) and smiled. ‘Thanks,’ he said.

As he started his speech, he cleared his throat, and began: ‘Graduation is a time to thank those who helped you make it through those tough years. Your parents, your teachers, your siblings, maybe a coach, but mostly your friends. I am here to tell all of you that being a friend to someone is the best gift you can give them. I am going to tell you all a story.’ I just looked at my friend with disbelief as he told the story of the first day we met. He had planned to kill himself over the weekend. He thought he was not loved by anyone and all hated him. He talked of how he had cleaned out his locker so his Mom would not have to do it later and was carrying his stuff home. He looked hard at me and gave me a little smile. ‘Thankfully, I was saved. My friend saved me from doing the unspeakable.’

I heard the gasp go through the crowd as this handsome, popular boy told us all about his weakest moment. I saw his Mom and dad looking at me and smiling that same grateful smile. Not until that moment did I realize it’s depth. I was overwhelmed and had tears in my eyes listening to Kyle’s speech.’ 

Never underestimate the power of your actions. With one small gesture you can bring a change in someone’s life. For better or for worse, God puts us all in each other’s lives to impact one another in some way. Look for God in others.


95 thoughts on “Being a Friend – Best Gift Ever……..

  1. That was a great read! The moral of the story is excellent. You are completely right. I also love this line, it made me laughed after Kyle was bullied, “Boy, you are gonna really build some serious muscles with this pile of books every day” you have a great storytelling strength, keep writing!!

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  2. Oh my god, this story had me in tears… Truly Di, the value of friendship is often underestimated because true friendship is often veiled by other emotions.
    I just love this post so much!!! That I just want to smile at you (the really grateful one) for sharing this story!!!

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      1. Not like it, but yes you can read the gift by cecelia ahern, I think you’ll like it… 😊😊
        But there are many books around self help genre, I don’t read it much so can’t recommend much…

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  3. Truly lovely and important, Kamal. Just think of all of the people that he will keep on saving because his friend the doctor remained alive to graduate, thanks to a moment of empathy from him.

    We never get to know just how far a moment of kindness will reach – but always MUCH farther than we ever imagined. VERY touching.
    (Madelyn Griffith-Haynie – ADDandSoMuchMORE dot com)
    ADD Coach Training Field founder; ADD Coaching co-founder
    “It takes a village to transform a world!”

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    1. Thanks Madelyn for your superb words and yes I too surety agree that it was his friend only who emphasized with him and saved him from not ending His life. Such friendship is very rare and I liked this story so much there was so much kindness in it.

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      1. You’re welcome, Kamal. I think that sharing stories like this one is so important. It might make people spread just a little more kindness around, so maybe someday friendships like this will be rare for another reason – bullying will stop and rescues won’t be necessary.

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      2. Yes absolutely true Madelyn and it sure is spreading love, happiness and friendship will make our world a better place to live. Our Father who is our God is always there supporting all of us. Thanks once again. Good night to u and your little angel

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  4. The stories you share here are full of depth, wisdom and helpful Kamal.
    I guess you know that you are such a friend for me mentioned in the story and you know how your impact in my life helped me 💖
    Thank You for being a kind loving friend that you are 🌹

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  5. So lovely to meet you!! Happy you found my blog ❤ This is really beautiful. What you wrote here touched my heart: "Never underestimate the power of your actions. With one small gesture you can bring a change in someone’s life. For better or for worse, God puts us all in each other’s lives to impact one another in some way. Look for God in others."
    It felt like such wisdom. Thank you. Many blessings, and you're welcome anytime to visit my blog!. Debbie of ForgivingConnects.

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  7. This is absolutely touching story. I am just grateful for my closest friend for saving my now for saving life. I had depression and even had suicidal thoughts but because of my friend’s support and positive reassurances i started to cope up. Shoutout to my friend Jay! 😀thank you!😍

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