The Value of a Good Friend
It is sad that we often do not realize the value of a good friend until we are going through something painful or difficult in our life. A friend is there when we celebrate the joys of life but a good friend is there when we are walking through the lowest valleys of our lives. It is not that we do not appreciate our friends during the good times in life; it is simply that we feel their presence and value their support more when we are at our lowest points.
The old saying, “A friend will bail you out of jail but your best friend will be sitting on the bench next to you” illustrates how important our friends are during the difficult times in our life. It is their comfort, support, encouragement and, sometimes, tough love that motivates us to keep going even though we feel we cannot take another step.
As humans, the instinct to be around other humans and to share our lives with others is hard-wired into our system. We are social creatures. We do not just want friends, we need friends. Friends are one of the most important relationships that we can have. They laugh with us and they cry with us but the most important thing is that they are always with us.
Your friend is someone who will not judge you nor laugh at your mistakes. She will keep your confidences and be your partner in crime. She is someone who will tell you that your skirt is tucked into your pantyhose or that you have a piece of toilet paper stuck to the bottom of your shoe. She is also the first person you call when you have good news or bad news. She is there for you through good and bad times.
Values of a Good Friend
Friendship has a special value that cannot be quantified or priced. The qualities of a good friend are countless; however, good friends typically share these qualities.
- Companionship – Having a friend means you will never need to face anything alone. Whether it is finding out you are losing your job or celebrating your engagement, your friend will be there to share these moments. A good friend is a friend you can sit with in total silence and still feel the bond between you.
- Confidant – A good friend is a sounding board that allows you to be completely honest with no fear of judgment. She will listen to you and give you honest advice. She will also keep your secrets and share her secrets with you.
- Support – A good friend will lift you up when you are down and she will step up when you need a helping hand. You never need to worry about doing it alone because a good friend will never leave you in your time of need. She will support you through whatever life throws at you with understanding, compassion and love.
- Laughter – Even through tears, your best friend will always make you laugh. Good friends share secret jokes that only they understand and no one can make you laugh longer or louder than your best friend can.
The value of a good friend is priceless. Whether you met your friend as a child or you developed a friendship as an adult, your good friends will always be an important part of your life. In this day of hectic schedules and technology-driven communication, make time to spend with your friends, as they play an important role in your overall well-being.
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