Forget me not, Dear Friend

In the famous Book of Proverbs, King Solomon cautions, “Do not forsake your own friend or your father’s friend.”

This maxim brings to mind a conversation I had with a friend the other day. You see, I belong to a group of friends who have done many NGO projects together over the last 10 years or so. Some friends are more successful than others.

On this fateful day, I was having a discussion with one of them. He was moaning about how he’d been cheated in many business deals over the years. I asked who he had done business with and none of the names sounded familiar. I then asked why he had never worked with our mutual friends on those deals. He sounded dismissive like he had grown beyond them and they were no longer on his level.

I then reminded him that those friends were the ones who had his back on numerous projects many years ago. They raised money from scarce resources. They never sought fame or fortune but stood up for causes. Now that he had made money, suddenly those efficient and reliable friends were no longer worthy of consultation or collaboration.

I left him with this saying, “When God brings good people your way and you despise them, there will be no one else to deal with but evil people.”

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