Hello everyone, it is finally February, thank God! January felt like a marathon. What do you think?  Anyways, this is a friendly reminder that Valentine’s day is around the corner? What are your plans?  Ladies, what are your expectations? I hear soccer has taken over the day for the men, and it happens to be Ash Wednesday as well. Hopefully, it goes well for all of us.

For today, I would like to address the meaning, value, and facts about being a friend and friendship. First and foremost, who is a friend? I would describe a friend as someone who accepts and appreciate who you are. A friend can be characterized to be a backbone. Elbert Hubbard defines a friend as “someone who knows all about you and still loves you.”

Every one of us needs a friend in our life. A person you could tell all your secret and still feel safe. We all need that one person who has seen our good and bad sides and has accepted us just the way we are. We need someone who understands us better than we know ourselves if that is possible!  How would you define a friend based on your experience or experiences?

William Shakespeare defines a friend as “one that knows you as you are, understands where you have been, accepts what you have become, and still, gently allows you to grow.”

A friend is loyal, trustworthy and willing to tell you the truth, even when it’s hard for you to hear.  A friend doesn’t put you down or deliberately hurt your feelings. A friend is there for you no matter what, a friend sticks around when things get tough and comfort you when you cry. Like the famous saying goes “a friend in need is a friend indeed.” Are you a friend?

Having a good friend who loves and support you for who you are is vital for your happiness and this leads me to my second point, friendship. Harbhajan Singh defines friendship “as a bond that transcends all barriers. When you are ready to expect anything and everything from friends, good, bad or ugly. That’s what I call true friendship.” how would you define friendship?

A healthy Friendship cannot exist in lies, anger, and jealousy. Jealousy is typically considered a negative emotion. Friendship needs a suitable communication system and trust, not excluding the many fights that would help build our friendship.

Additionally, Mohammed Ali made an important point; he said “friendship is the hardest thing in the world to explain. It’s not something you learn in school. But if you haven’t learned the meaning of friendship, you haven’t learned anything”. Being a friend requires a lot of commitment, dedication, and investment.

I plan to share my experiences and testimonies regarding this topic. Nevertheless, permit me to ask, would you consider yourself a friend?

 

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