Having a good friend for life, is a blessing.
Today the word ‘friend’ is so loosely used. But this word is very valuable and meaningful when we value the people associated with it.
“True friendship comes when the silence between two people is comfortable.”
― David Tyson
Friendship is based on love. It is being free and completely accepting.
One who lets one be themselves. One who supports through their presence. One who wishes the best for the other, is a true friend.
The natural lightheartedness in a friend is attractive. Their capacity to be kind and non-judgemental is welcomed. Their smiling presence is comforting. When talking, there is a sense of easiness. It’s easy to be around each other and jokes just happened to come out.
With a friend, one can completely be themselves.
When Friends Get In Your Way
“A true friend never gets in your way unless you happen to be going down.”
― Arnold H. Glasow
When friendship is conditioned by possessiveness and a sense of attachment, than it turns sour.
When thoughts such as:
- “She’s only my friend.”
- “I want you to spend your time only with me.”
- “She’s my friend and she will only listen to me.”
Such thoughts of ownership gets in the way of friendship. Things start going down then.
It pulls down both friends and is a very negative environment to be in. This is far from friendship.
“True friends are like diamonds – bright, beautiful, valuable, and always in style.”
― Nicole Richie
Being A Good Friend For Life
- Be a good friend by being a good listener.
- Give your ears to your friend without any judgement.
- Let your friend know that you are there for them.
- Spend time with your friend in doing little things.
Be a good friend by letting your friend know when he or she does something that is ethically wrong. It’s your duty to support your friend yet help them out when they are stirring in the wrong direction.
“A friend is one that knows you as you are, understands where you have been, accepts what you have become, and still, gently allows you to grow.”
― William Shakespeare
Invest In Your Friendships By Letting Go
There are many things that you can let go of and continue to enrich your friendship.
Here are ways that you can be a good friend.
- Let go of judging your friends.
- Accept them as they are wherever they are.
- Let go of interfering with their choices.
- Be a good listener.
“One of the most beautiful qualities of true friendship is to understand and to be understood.”
― Lucius Annaeus Seneca
How Do You Show Up Being A Good Friend For Life?
“The greatest gift of life is friendship, and I have received it.”
― Hubert H. Humphrey
Share in the comment section below. What do you do to be a good friend? Can you add another point to the lists above?
Here’s to a great friendship and a great life.
Written By: Deepti Daryanani