Many wise men and philosophers have ruminated upon the meaning of friendship. What does friendship mean to you? Below are a few thoughts on the meaning and the value of friendships through the ages.
"The only reward of virtue is virtue; the only way to have a friend is to be one."
- Ralph Waldo Emerson
Â· Friendship has its own ebb and flow. In order to have a good friend, we all need to be a good friend. Friendship is knowing who to call and knowing they will pick up when itâ€™s dark and scary and 2 oâ€™clock in the morning. Friends will stand with you during the toughest times, just as they know you will stand by them.
"If a man does not make new acquaintance as he advances through life, he will soon find himself left alone. A man, Sir, should keep his friendship in constant repair."
- Samuel Johnson (1709 - 1784)
Â· Cultivating friendships is an ongoing process. We must be sure to take care of our existing friendships in order to foster them. We must also keep our eyes open to the possibilities of new friendships. And to learn to extend friendship to those in need.
"Associate yourself with men of good quality if you esteem your own reputation; for 'tis better to be alone than in bad company."
- George Washington (1732 - 1799) US Statesman.
Â· We are all judged by the company we keep. Keeping good company is also a function of being a good friend. If we experience a friend in trouble or foundering, this is an opportunity to be the kind of friend you would treasure.
Whatever your own definition of friendship, friendship is instrumentally good. Friendship is life enhancing, promoting self esteem and satisfaction with oneâ€™s life. The institution of friendship is valuable not just to the individual but to the community as a whole. Let a good friend know how much they matter to you today.