A True Friend

Posted: February 5, 2011 in Misc.

As we meander the streets of life we come across numerous people who impact our lives. Some of these interactions are fleeting and some last a lifetime. Some people impact our lives in a positive way, while others, unfortunately, impact our lives in a negative way. With the introduction of social media such as Facebook, Twitter, etc., our definition of “friend” is becoming harder to define. What is a “true friend”? Let me take a moment to give you my brief definition.

A true friend is like family. They are a part of your life. From the moment you first become friends until the end, a true friend is always there. True friendship goes through its ups and downs, much like any other relationship. A true friendship becomes stronger because of the bad times and is reinvigorated by the good times. Too many “friendships” fall apart because of an argument or a hardship involving one individual or both parties. True friendship lasts.

Through the good times in your life a true friend is one of your biggest fans, a cheerleader on the sidelines of your life. They are overjoyed at each of your successes and wish nothing but the absolute best for you. This can be another stumbling block for some friendships. Jealousy creeps in because of the happiness being experienced by another. A true friend wants you to be happy.

When the storms of life attack you, a true friend is there for you. They stand by you giving their support and encouragement. A true friend will listen and lend a shoulder to cry on. The difficult periods in your life are the best times to discover who your true friends really are. Your true friends will remain in your life and step up to see you through. A true friend will do anything and everything to help.

We all have our strengths and weaknesses. A true friend understands what these are and doesn’t judge you for your faults and mistakes. A true friend loves and care about you regardless of these shortcomings. They will push and help you to become a better person. A true friend loves you for who you are.

A true friendship is something amazing. It lasts even when the communication is absent. A true friend is still your friend even if years pass between seeing each other. In these situations its like time never passed, you can pick right up from where you left off and there will be no hard feelings about the gap in communication or interaction. A true friend understands. A true friend just loves spending time with you. A true friendship flourishes with communication and interaction.

I encourage all of you to take the time to think about who your true friends are. Give them a hug, write them a note, thank them, just show them how much you appreciate their true friendship. Most importantly, I encourage all of you to be a true friend. Life is so much easier and amazing with true friends and by being a true friend.

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