Defining a friend

A loyal and trusting friend

“Friendship is more revered than any other relationship, including those with family members.” Friendship: A History, Barbara Cain (Ed.), Mark Peel, (Contributor)

The ultimate compliment is to become someone’s friend.

Friendship happens, not as a conscious decision. It grows out of genuinely enjoying each other’s company, sharing intimacies, discussing yourselves, your lives, your dreams, plans, what you want to do, and above all else – caring.

Friends enjoy sharing the good times as well as helping each other through the rough ones. Never questioning, never judging – just being there. Friends listen. Friends trust each other.

Trust means that friends are not afraid to tackle the tough stuff. They understand – they are forgiving.

Friends encourage you – they really want you to be your best.

They are generous in soul and spirit – if you ask, “Does my bum look big in this?”, they tell the truth. They always want you to feel good, to feel beautiful and for others to see the best in you.

There is no jealousy between friends.

You should never be afraid to ask anything of a friend. If they can help you, they will. They won’t let you down. You should never be afraid of offering help to a friend, even when they don’t ask.

Friends sense how each other feels.

True friends are loyal and steadfast. They will not discard you when circumstances change or when new friends come along. They have huge hearts …

Friends can live on the other side of the world and you may not see them for years, may only talk to them once or twice a year – but when you do, it’s as if no time has passed and there is no distance between you. You pick up the conversation from where you left off.

Friends are more precious than diamonds.

Without friends, life has no meaning.

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