The Great Debate of Friendship

I got to thinking about friendship today. How do we know who our true friends are? Is it just a gut instinct?  Or do they have to do something to prove to us that they’re our true friends? I’ve always struggled with this concept. I’ve always held the belief: treat your friends the way you want to be treated. And I’m not a saint, but I can say that most of the time, this is how I have treated my friendships. So why don’t I get back what I give out? Am I doing something wrong? Or is it merely them?

I think that friendship is very important, but it’s also super scary. It’s way easier to get along with a crowd of 1,000 than just 1 person. We put ourselves out there every day hoping that we will get a friend in return. And sometimes we do; sometimes we don’t. But it’s in those times that we do when we feel like all the world can be conquered. One true friend can make you feel like the happiest person on earth.

With this said, I’ve learned not to tell everything to everyone. It can turn out unfavorably to say the least. But I’ve also learned that we don’t have to be “best” friends with everyone. There are friends for every facet of life.

Even though friends let us down, even though friends make us livid, we should always keep holding on. We should always remember that at the end of the day, a true friend is worth a million bucks.

2 thoughts on “The Great Debate of Friendship

  1. Very insightful. I think of friends a little like Jesus does, I think. Three very close friends form the inner-most circle; they know pretty much everything – good, bad, ugly, can be trusted with anything, and they love you know matter what. This may include family members and it may change as we grow. Then the next circle of friends is about six people. Still very close, but they don’t know it all and may not always be there for you…or you for them. Then twelve pretty good friends who you love to spend time with, trust and truly enjoy their company. The last ring of 24 are more than aquaintances and due to distance or other challenges, they aren’t in a closer circle. That totals 45 and any more “friends” than that (Facebook not withstanding), can you really say you’re a good friend to them all?

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