“A friend is one who knows you and loves you just the same.” – Elbert Hubbard
A true friend is hard to find.
That’s why when you come across one; you should hold onto them and cherish the joy that friendship brings. Friends help you be honest with yourself and they keep you from doing things that you might regret.
They are confidants, counselors and coaches. Friends helps you be you without apology.
To help you make these friendships last a lifetime, here are a few essential things that a good friend gives so you’ll always remember the amazing gifts they offer.
Comfort in time of need – A shoulder to cry on. An ear to listen. A sympathetic voice when things are hard. You don’t always need solutions to your problems; sometimes you just need comfort. A true friend is your number one source when things go wrong.
Celebrate our triumphs – Excitement creates a desire to share the moment. Having a great friend to celebrate your triumphs is like having your own biggest fan, someone on your team, to celebrate with you when you have something wonderful to shout from the rooftops.
Laughing with you – Some of your best memories are probably laughing with a close friend. It makes you feel good physically and mentally. It’s even better when you have someone to share that moment with.
Forgiving and loving you – You can be hard on yourself when you make a mistake or do wrong, even if that means hurting someone else. A wonderful friend’s greatest asset though is to love you and forgive you in spite of your wrongs. No one is perfect. Your true friends will accept that, just as you accept it about them.
Telling you the truth – It’s a fine balance–walking between compassion and criticism. You don’t want to call out your friend and tell her you disagree with her choices; nor do you want to pretend that the pitfalls don’t exist. Having a close friend who knows who to lovingly speak the truth to you is such a valuable gift.