The wide world is all before us—but a world without a friend. (Robert Burns, 18th century Scottish poet) 

 An anonymous writer put it this way, “A world without a friend . . . would be like a world without water, something you need . . . Keep your friends, as you would keep your water.” In some arid parts of our world, water is carefully guarded. In other places, great care is given to maintain its potability and purity. Be a good friend to someone and guard it carefully.

The seeds of good deeds become a tree of life; a wise person wins friends. (Proverbs 11:30)