I don’t like the saying : “It’s always darkest before the dawn”.

It makes me think of Bosnia. And, I don’t think most people that say it actually understand the metaphor.

So… Naturally this is me being arrogant (there are probably other words, but flexing my vocabulary is not meant to be the issue here today).

What is the point is I am getting tons of emails from concerned friends and people that want to be my friends – or other people that simply want to care. This Blog is getting more hits than ever recently as the word gets out that I am troubled.

To wit, more people are referring to me as “Pooh Bear”. /1

Debra Forrester reached out to me this morning because Christine Wall called her asking what might be going on with me (they apparently read this Blog). Christine is married to my friend Steve Wall (whom it turns out I like more than most other people).

In any event, I like to consider myself a beacon. I mean this in terms of enabling other people to see things within, about, and around themselves (sort of like a flash light shedding the best light on the important places). But, today I am reminded that sometimes we need dark moments so our friends can be beacons of light that help us find our way. /2

I acknowledge that I could have used fewer words this morning to convey this message. But, my friends also know that I am verbose, self absorbed, and constantly impressed with myself, analysis, and wisdom.

Too bad I have such a difficult time following my own advice.

But, then, I might not have the opportunity to really know who my friends are. And, apparently I have a lot; and, they are terrific.

Thank God.

I finish with this because (you have read and heard this before) my Grandad said:

“If you must judge a man, do it by the people he surrounds himself with”.

I miss my Grandad. But, he is ever reflected in days like today.

Peace be to my Brothers and Sisters.

Brian Patrick Cork
1/ See my Blog Post “However, Brian Cork is not Winnie the Pooh”.
2/ See my Blog Post “Good Chaos”.