By Alisa Star
A true friend is the rarest thing to come by in today’s world. Love gets all the headlines, but friendship is where all the action is; after all, a friendship develop before love comes. Friends can challenge us, confuse us, and sometimes we might wonder why we bother. But friendship is as important to our well being like the air we breathe, the food we eat, or the shelter we live in. What’s more friendship helps us grow, learn, and make life long relationships. The people we bring into our lives as friends will help us learn how to forgive, laugh, listen, and love. Friends help push us out of our comfort zones, help motivate us while still providing a safe emotional space for us to be completely ourselves.
Friendship is the hardest thing in the world to explain. The great Muhammad Ali once said “Friendship is not something you learn in school. But if you haven’t learned the meaning, then you really haven’t learned anything.”
A true friend will completely have your back, through the good and the bad. They will always stand up for you if you’re not there to defend yourself. They will always be there for you, no matter what time of day or night. They will listen to all your worries with an open mind, and give you good advice. Most of us only have a few good friends at a time. Friends are becoming extinct, really… You may only have 2-3 in your whole lifetime that will remain with you, and if you have that you are blessed. Cherish friendship close to your heart and treasure it like its gold.
Most of us wonder what the real meaning of the saying “A Friend In Need Is A Friend Indeed” The trust between best friends is such that if one friend is in trouble, the other will not think twice to help. If the bond between two friends is strong, two friends can endure even long distances, which so many relationships can’t even do that. It would not affect their relationship. True friendship does not fade away. In fact it grows stronger with time.
True friendship thrives on trust, inspiration, and comfort. A true friend you can tell your secrets to, and you know they’re kept a secret. A true friend inspires you to excel, and helps you go above and beyond your own expectations, admires your success and is not jealous of it.
What keeps the fabric of friendship solid and so colorful is a touch is spirituality. Friendship cannot become permanent unless it becomes a spiritual experience. It does not have to be defended or explained. It is only with the heart that we can understand what it means to be a friend or to have a friend.
It was God who said in the beginning, that it was not good for man to be alone (Genesis 2:18); then at the fullness of time God sent his own son into the word, not only to be a friend, but to make and have friends (John 15:13).
Friendships are great investments. Friends can be influential concerning our jobs/ or career as they become a part of the network that we use to find our way through life. Friends can introduce us to new friends and expand our life experiences. It can enhance the quality in our lives, and help us produce better in a working environment. And a friend usually won’t let a mutual acquaintance steer you wrong, and will always try and lead you in the right direction. After all a true friend only wants the best for you.
Life is like a party, you invite a lot of people, some leave early and some leave late, some laugh with you, some laugh at you. But at the end, when all the fun is over, it’s usually your friends who stay or show up the next morning to help you clean up the mess. This is what a friend does. So support your friends, listen to their ideas, go to their events, share their posts, celebrate their victories, and remind them of their importance after their failures. A little support can go a long way in your friend’s life.
Friends are like your backbone they are always there when you need support, so be there for each other, remember friendship is a two way street. It takes two people to make a friendship.
I love and cherish my friends; there have been times I didn’t have the words that could make a bad thing go away, but I had the arms to embrace them and comfort them, and to cry with them. Sometime between friends there doesn’t need to be words, just be present. I thank God for the friends in my life. I don’t know what I would do without them, and I’m grateful that my children are also my best friends. I feel blessed to have such wonderful people in my circle to be a part of my life, and to go through my years developing such great, fun memories with.
There are some people in your life that make you laugh a little louder, smile a little longer and just live a little bit better…….A Friend.
Here’s To Living The Best You!