Friendship has evolved. It includes people that you have met online, friends of other friends, and past friends from years past. I think that people have lost the true meaning of friendship in this age of digital communication and constant stream of consciousness. I am sure that someone has discussed this topic before, and we all agree that personal interaction supersedes a text. However, there are few who act on this concept. Showing up at a friend’s house with a small gift for no reason, lending a listening ear without judgment or giving advice, supporting someone when need it most, or simply visiting our friends. Having friends is a great and irreplaceable thing, and we should appreciate them.
A good friend will be there when you need them, no matter what. Sometimes it is impossible to be there physically: the friend lives in another state or country, and you are unable to visit. Nevertheless, there is always a way to show that you care. Pick up the phone and call them. Let them know that you crossed your mind. Send them something in the mail so they receive a card unexpectedly.
True friends will put themselves last, and put your needs first. If they had a bad day, or are tired or in a foul mood, they will put aside their emotions and do whatever they can to help you with your problem or issue. Treasure those people. Today our society does not allow for slowing down, we have to make that effort. Find those who make you happy and stick with them. Then, reciprocate those gestures. Make an effort to show them as much love as they do for you. Tell them thank you, and let your true friends know that you appreciate them and all that they do.
You have to be a genuine friend before you can have one.
“One of the best gifts you can give someone is thanking them for being a part of your life.”