Doc Holliday

Tombstone is one of my all time favorite movies.  I really like the way it portrays the friendship between Wyatt Earp and Doc Holliday. In a particular shootout, Doc is asked why he is there and he simply says, “Wyatt is my friend”.  One fella says “Heck, I’ve got lots of friends.” To which Doc replies, “I don’t”.

I was visiting with a true friend this morning and we were discussing the basic ingredients of real friendship. Seems like respect was a common requirement as we looked at our most important friendships, but respect mingled with admiration and honesty.  We also seemed to discover that in order for it to be a true friendship, it needs to be reciprocal.

We’ve heard the counsel “To have a friend, be a friend”…so it follows that “To have a great friend, be a great friend”.

I’ve decided that I don’t have many friends, not enough at least and I’m short on great friends because of it.  I’ve decided that I’m going to be on the lookout for more folks that I can be a friend to.  I realize that I tend to slide in this slow spiraling descent of self-centeredness that ends in not having many real friends and even less great friends.  I’m going to climb out a bit.


2 comments to Doc Holliday

  • ~chris

    Powers! thanks I will! You shared insight once with me that I will never forget – what a great friend..thanks again

  • David Powers

    You always got a friend here in Atlanta! Call me!

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