“The Ties That Bind”



“A parable about the undeniable bonds of a life long friendship.”

If you’re fortunate perhaps you have someone in your life that you’ve known for a very long time. It could be a brother, a cousin, a sister or maybe even a life long friend.

The kind of person that you can go weeks without speaking to, but when you finally do, it’s just like you had spoken to them yesterday!

It’s likely that you’ve both got the same sense of humor, shared many adventures together, have experienced some regret with, been a little envious of at one time, and then perhaps not so much at another, as well as a person you have stood up for, worried about, but never, ever doubted.

If this sounds familiar, I truly hope the following parable stirs some emotions in all those who have been blessed with this extraordinary bond; emotions that will serve to further enhance the relationship in which they are shared.

The Ties That Bind

I have known you all my life, as you, have me.

I recall times, we’ve laughed with one another,
moments, I envied you and times I did not.

Instances, when I could have been there for you,
others when I was.

Still, I cannot forget the time,
I worried for your very being, for it reminded me.
There was never a time, I didn’t care.

God willing, there will also come a time,
when few will have known us, as long,

We will then be, nearly all that remains of each other’s past.

As a new century dawns precious little will stay the same,
bringing with it new challenges and many changes.

Our bond will endure.

©2000 Richard Lawrence Belford

 About the Author: Richard Lawrence Belford is an Inspirational Writer who has been on a nineteen year creative journey that has allowed him to become well-published. A journey that’s been fueled by his genuine desire to provide faith, comfort & hope to those in grief.

His inspirational writings have been illustrated with photography on a series of wall décor products beautifully designed by Reed Photo Art & Imaging Inc that are professionally printed on metallic photographic paper with a UV protective laminate with a contemporary black beveled edge.

“ The Ties That Bind ” is available at; amazon.com and signsforyourlife.com or purchased wholesale in a variety of sizes by registering at: asignofwisdom.com.

A complete collection of their equally inspiring wall decor products featuring Richard’s writings can be viewed by visiting his website’s product gallery at the following link: http://www.richardlawrencebelford.ca/product-gallery.php

Richard has also written a bereavement book that includes a collection of his inspirational parables, accompanied by his stories behind their creation. It is entitled; “It’s Not Goodbye, It’s See You Later.”

A parable by definition is a symbolic short story that illustrates or teaches some truth, religious principle, or moral lesson. He trusts that his parables, along with these stories will stir some emotions in you that we’ve all felt, emotions that can help bring some small measure of solace to those suffering the loss of someone dear to their heart.

Richard is actively looking to partner with a publishing company and hopes to have his book published in the near future. In the meantime, he invites you to follow him on twitter @RichardLBelford and check out his Facebook page at: www.facebook.com/RichardLawrenceBelford.

He can be contacted by email at: info@richardlawrencebelford.ca or you can visit his website at: www.richardlawrencebelford.ca for additional information.


“The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart.” ~ Helen Keller ~

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