"This guy's walking down the street when he falls in a hole. The walls are so steep he can't get out. "A doctor passes by and the guy shouts up, 'Hey you. Can you help me out?' The doctor writes a prescription, throws it down in the hole and moves on.

"Then a priest comes along and the guy shouts up, 'Father, I'm down in this hole can you help me out?' The priest writes out a prayer, throws it down in the hole and moves on...

"Then a friend walks by, 'Hey, Joe, it's me can you help me out?' And the friend jumps in the hole. Our guy says, 'Are you stupid? Now we're both down here.'

The friend says, 'Yeah, but I've been down here before and I know the way out."

The above is a parable told in an episode of The West Wing (Season 2, Episode 10, "Noel")... It was told from one friend to another friend who was in a dark place and that dark place was affecting his entire life. While I don't think my job's in anymore danger than usual... I can certainly relate to the dark place, and that out of control feeling.

I'm sharing it now to say thank you. Thank you, to the friends that have jumped down in this hole with me... You never cease to amaze me with your care, love, and support.

DB

PS. Click through for a video version of this speech. 

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