Some time back, in a television interview, the megastar Amitabh Bachchan confessed that several years back he was facing the worst time of his life. He had faced severe financial loses and was almost at the verge of being insolvent. At that time the tycoon Dhirubhai Ambani sent his son to him with the message that he is there to fulfill whatever financial requirements he had. In an emotionally choked voice, Amitabh Bachchan said, it was the moral support that he received, more than the money itself; that gave him the strength. This support and encouragement made him go ahead and rewrite his success stories once again.
This true story speaks volumes about the importance of friendship. It also proves the old saying that one true friend is better than hundred relatives. What makes friendship such a great lifeline for every human being in this world? It is easy to understand this; all you need to do is imagine a world without friends. It will be such a boring, uncertain, insecure and lonely life. Whom would you turn to in your most distressed moments? No wonder it is said that a friend is one who believes in you even when you have stopped believing in yourself.
The Importance of Friendship
One of the most important reasons for having friends is the fact that you have a group of trusted people with whom you can safely grow old. Friends are there to take care of your loneliness, insecurities, doubts, worries, apprehension and fears. No insurance policy can compare with the comfort that one gets when he is surrounded by a group of his trusted old friends. With time, everyone passes through different phase of life and friends are part of the celebrations as well as mourning which are interspersed in one’s life. The shoulders of a friend offer the strongest support; and who better than friends with whom one has shared each other’s happiness and miseries.
Another reason is the unconditional nature of this relationship. Friendship is something that does not work like business. There is no anticipation of any gain while doing something for a friend. Nor are there any conditions attached while rendering any help or assistance. This is what makes the relationship so divine in nature. Even in the Bhagavad Gita, the treatise of ancient knowledge; God is said to address his devotees as the best of friends, while stressing on the benevolent nature of the Supreme.
Friendship also helps in all round development of the person. It opens him up for the virtues of being kind and sensitive to others while being selfless in helping those who are in need. There is nothing more liberating than the feeling of being kind to others, which at first starts with being kind and friendly to your friends.
Cultivating a Culture of Friendliness
Friendship, often, is not a one-way street. Unless one is friendly in the true sense to his friends, one cannot expect to be treated as a true friend. As a practical way to survive the unpredictable nature of life, friendship is vital. No one knows what will happen in the next instant. Calamities and accident can strike without a moment’s notice. No amount of security and preparedness can prevent the calamities that can strike anyone in this world. When this happens, then the only resource one can hopefully turn to is a true friend. Unless one has developed within himself the qualities of being considered as a true friend, one cannot expect similar reciprocity from others.
A better world can be created only through friendship. Friendship is a word that implies and brings with it lots of virtues. It is based on mutual trust and respect for each other. It means believing in others, and being helpful without any selfish personal motives. Friendship always strives to do the best for friends and help them achieve their potential and goals. The world will need more of friendship in the ages to come, just as it has thrived upon friendship through the ages.
Written By: Raj Kumar Hansdah