Some 200 years ago, a British clergyman named Charles C. Colton, who was known for his wit and satirical sayings, wrote this line in one of his books: “True friendship is like sound health, the value of it is seldom known until it is lost.”1
How true that is. So often we go through life accepting those around us, we call friends, as though it is normal and to be expected. And just like our health, when all of a sudden we find ourselves having to deal with some illness or health issue, it’s then we realize and appreciate how valuable good health is. The same is true with our closest and best friends.
So don’t take those who love and appreciate your friendship for granted. Don’t wait until they are gone before you start telling everyone how much you love and miss them. And don’t delay letting them know how valuable they are to you. Remember, once they are gone, there’s no way for them to hear you tell others how precious they were to you, and what a difference they made in your life. – Dr. Robert R Seyda
1Charles Caleb Colton (1780-1832): Lacon: or Many Things in Few Words, William Gowans Publisher, New York, 1849, p. 265