Recently I was gifted with two little books filled with inspirational quotations on friendship, love and life. My thoughts turned to ponder just how blessed I was to have such wonderful, caring friends in my life and also gave me inspiration to be a better friend to those that I care for.
I often see young women let jealousy, greed and immaturity creep in and steal their friendships. Even friendships they have treasured for a lifetime. Without notice something small and seemingly insignificant tares their love and divides their friendship!
“There are many faces of love.
Love many things,
for therein lies the true strength,
and whosoever loves much
performs much, and can
accomplish much, and what is
done in love is done well.”
One of the most treasured values of a good friend is loyalty. Loyalty is a rare commodity in today’s world, but it’s an absolute requirement in true and abiding friendships. Recently I had the honor of being asked to be my best friend’s Maid of Honor at her wedding. I was ecstatic and incredibly thrilled to say the least! As we started creating the wedding plans I took a few moments to reflect on our friendship over the past few years. It brought tears to my eyes as I remembered the times we have shared together facing some incredibly tough challenges and of course reveling in the fun, happy times. It’s actually ironic how sometimes the hardest, toughest challenge can actually bring someone closer to you than if life was just smooth sailing?
Don’t give up on someone just because their human. Don’t give up on someone just because they make mistakes. Believe it or not – you do the same things. Maybe not in the same way but we all can offend, we all can let our tongue slip, give that unneeded look or let jealously take over from the real problem.
Be humble and confess. Share you thoughts, problems, and feelings. That is what friendship is really made of. If someone has confessed to you – reach out and touch them. Let them see your love and appreciate their vulnerability. It takes an awful amount of strength and courage to apoligise. Recognise this and respond in appropriately.
“Love is an act of endless forgiveness,
a tender look
which becomes a habit.”
These thoughts provoked me to strive to be a better friend even though miles, countries and even continents may separate you and a loved one that doesn’t mean your love needs to be separated too.
P.S. Don’t forget to check out our post on the
10 Commandments of Friendship!