Companion: (n) one of a pair of things intended to complement
I have concluded through my limited thinking that the best way to maintain one’s sanity and open the door to the possibility of joy is to avoid disappointment.
Of course, the problem is, trying to dodge disappointment does sometimes limit the scope, energy and possibility of taking on new experiences in life.
But when it comes to the role of companion–that being who links with you sympathetically, empathetically and nearly parenthetically…
Well, when it comes to a companion, disappointment can be especially devastating.
It may be difficult to get another person or another creature to love you as much as you love them, but it seems to me, without that input, much of what could be a blessing in our lives falls flat.
I was taught that in order to get a good companion, you had to be one. But all of us know you can be a good companion and end up with a dud.
Companionship requires two things:
Conversations where you make sure you’re on the same page together.
And a rip-roaring, bar room brawling sense of humor.
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