A fairly new friend of mine is leaving town shortly. He's leaving on Monday. He's leaving to do something that is very very honorable and very very admirable. I have tremendous respect for the path he took to get to this place. Not only is he leaving for something bigger than himself, but he is leaving a lot behind. He's leaving a loving girlfriend, a good life and lots of joys and comforts that he had chosen to incorporate into his daily living. I can't imagine how hard this is...he didn't think he'd have to do this again.
So today, I honor him - I honor him for being a great person in the first place. I honor him for his sacrifice, his strength of character in recent days, his wisdom througout, his attention to those he cares about (and who care about him). I think many of us would be crazed if we had a few short days to get ready to go away for a while, but he never shows it - and in fact, has paid so much attention to building up the reserves that will sustain him, and those he cares about - reserves of friendship, love, and memories to bridge that gap till we are together again.
I liked this guy before, I REALLY like him now...in his wise words: "You may have to fight a battle more than once to win it, and that is OK. Everything WILL be ok". Godspeed my friend.