The definition of friendship: it’s in the action

Friendship is just a simple word, but it has a deep meaning, which is summed up in the following quotes one could find in Pinterest:

“Friendship isn’t about whom you have known the longest. It’s about who walked into your life, said “I’m here for you,” and proved it.”

“You need someone who goes out of their way to make it obvious that they want you in their life.”

“Friendship picks you up when the world lets you down.”

“Friends don’t let friends do silly things… alone.”

“F.R.I.E.N.D.S. Fight for you. Respect you. Include you. Encourage you. Need you. Deserve you. Stand by you.”

To live a life without friends is to live a life being half-dead, a life without color, and a life without love and hope (for friendship is the prerequisite to experiencing both). Everyone needs someone who could positively impact their lives, influence them towards goodness, and most of all, offer help and consolation. Friendship is a life-changing opportunity for all persons involved. Everyone should be making friends.

Good friends and true friends

People will get to make a number of friends in their lifetime – in their neighbourhood, school, church, social group, places they travel to, and even on Facebook. Some people will have many friends while others will just be content with a few friends, but that’s okay. It’s the bond that counts no matter how many friends one will get to have. Consider this quote:

“As we grow up, we realize it becomes less important to have a ton of friends, and more important to have real ones.”

In your circle of friends, do you have someone you consider as special? Do you have someone in your circle that you cannot do without? Someone who not only respect you but also rebuke you when necessary? Is there someone whose counsel and assistance you could count on if the situation calls for it?

Reflect over the friendship quotes and recollect. Who is your good friend? Who is your true friend? While the two terms may mean the same thing to you, in reality, it is not. There’s got to be someone exceptional from your circle of “good” friends. As what this quote says:

“Friends come and go like the waves of the ocean, but the true ones stick, like an octopus on your face.”

“A true friend accepts who you are, but also helps you become who you should be.”

“As iron sharpens iron, so a friend sharpens a friend.” Proverbs 27:17

“A true friend is someone who can see the truth and pain in you even when you are fooling everyone else.”

Consider yourself blessed if you are surrounded by good friends but twice blessed if you have a true friend by your side. A true friend will make the extra effort to check if you’re fine, include you in their important plans and ventures, and try their very best to help you with whatever issues you face. But most importantly, they will not hold back when they rebuke you for your shortcomings.

Consider your good friends as monies in your purse, but a true friend like gold in the bank. Treasure your friends. Strive to become a true friend to one and all.

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