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Real Friend

Horror gripped the heart of the World War
I soldier, as he saw his life-long friend fall in
battle. Caught in a trench with continuous
gunfire whizzing over his head, the soldier
asked his lieutenant if he might go out into
the "No Man's Land" between the trenches to
bring his fallen comrade back.
"You can go," said the lieutenant, "but I
don't think it will be worth it. Your friend is
probably dead and you may throw your own
life away."
The lieutenant's words didn't matter, and
the soldier went anyway. Miraculously he
managed to reach his friend, hoist him onto
his shoulder, and bring him back to their
company's trench. As the two of them tum-
bled in together to the bottom of the trench,
the officer checked the wounded soldier, then
looked kindly at his friend.
"I told you it wouldn't be worth it," he
said. "Your friend is dead, and you are mor-
tally wounded."
"It was worth it, though, sir," the soldier
"How do you mean, 'worth it'?" responded
the lieutenant. "Your friend is dead!"
"Yes sir," the private answered. "But it was
worth it because when I got to him, he was
still alive, and I had the satisfaction of hear-
ing him say, 'Jim, I knew you'd come.'"
Many times in life, whether a thing is
worth doing or not really depends on how
you look at it. Take up all your courage and
do something your heart tells you to do so
that you may not regret not doing it later in
life. May each and everyone of you be
blessed with the company of true friends.

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