Welcome to the archived web site of
Will Joel Friedman, Ph.D. Psychologist (1950-2013)
California License No. PSY 10092
Specializing in Presence-Centered Therapy
balancing mind and heart, body and spirit
Now in memoriam - This website is no longer being updated
Articles by Dr. Friedman (except where noted otherwise)
A High WatermarkA Prose Poem
If you can start your day without caffeine,
If you can get along without pep pills,
If you can always be cheerful ignoring aches and pains,
If you can resist complaining and boring people with your troubles,
If you can eat the same food every day and be grateful for it,
If you can understand when your loved ones are too busy to give you any time,
If you can forgive your friends for their lack of consideration,
If you can overlook it when those you love take it out on you when through no fault of your own something goes wrong,
If you can take criticism and blame without resentment,
If you can ignore a friend's limited education and never correct him,
If you can resist treating a rich friend better than a poor friend,
If you can face the world without lies and deceit,
If you can conquer tension without medical help,
If you can relax without liquor,
If you can sleep without the aid of drugs,
If you can honestly say that deep in your heart you have no prejudice against creed or color, religion, or politics,
Then my friend you're almost as good as your dog!
Things You Can Learn from Your Dog
of the Jury: The one, absolute, unselfish friend
"Dogs are wiser than men. They do not set great
store upon things. They do not waste their days hoarding property. They do not
ruin their sleep worrying about how to keep the objects they have, and to obtain
the objects they have not. There is nothing of value they have to bequeath except
their love and their faith."
"The more one gets to know of men, the more one values
"The greatest pleasure of a dog is that you may make a fool of yourself with him, and not only will he not scold you, but he will make a fool of himself, too."
"All of the animals excepting
man know that the principle business of life is to enjoy it."
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