In my ongoing series of photographs of my forever friends . . . this is my friend Melodie. Without ever seeming to try, she sheds a light that helps me to see my true self. So much of what I've learned about myself, she could already see, and she gently guided me along a path to discover these things about myself. She is honest and wise and one of the most selfless people I've ever met. Her faith in God is not something she wears as a protective armor, but rather, something she shares as a healing force. She has dropped everything in her own life, more times than I can count, to listen and encourage and help me. In her company I always feel as though I am enough.
Friendship is a mirror to presence and a testament to forgiveness. Friendship not only helps us to see ourselves through another’s eyes, but can be sustained over the years only with someone who has repeatedly forgiven us for our trespasses as we must find it in ourselves to forgive them in turn. A friend knows our difficulties and shadows and remains in sight, a companion to our vulnerabilities more than our triumphs, when we are under the strange illusion we do not need them. An undercurrent of real friendship is a blessing exactly because its elemental form is rediscovered again and again through understanding and mercy. All friendships of any length are based on a continued, mutual forgiveness. Without tolerance and mercy all friendships die. –David Whyte