What exactly constitutes a friend? Everyone calls the people that they know "friends" but is that really the case? How do you differentiate a friend from an acquaintance? This is how I do it. Probably not correct, nothing new in that now is there?, but here we go:

A friend is someone who does not wait for you to call them, they call you.

Someone who just drops by, unexpectedly, to say hello and see how you're doing.

A friend is someone who no matter how mad they may be, does not stop talking to you and even though they're angry, they find a way to work through it with you.

A friend is someone who trusts you, because they know that you only ever have their best interests at heart.

A friend is someone who supports you, even after they tell you why they may not agree with you, and does not tell you I told you so if something goes wrong.

A friend is someone who is in regular contact with you, even if they are thousands of miles away. They keep you close in their thoughts and they do the things listed above.

A friend is someone who does not try to change you, to mold you into what they think you should be. Someone who likes you, loves you for who and what you are. Even the ugly parts that we all have as part of our personalities.

Friends, I believe, are the rarest of jewels because few are the people that can do the things above consistently. The rest of the people we know are acquaintances. People we like, people we may occasionally do things with or talk with, but they just don't fit all the things above.

A very wise man told me shortly before his death that " A tuly lucky man is one who on his deathbed, can count on the fingers of one hand the number of true friends he has had in his life."

I hope that you are blessed and that you are able to have a full hand when you finish your course..

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Comment by Brian Blad on January 23, 2009 at 11:06am
I think the intent was good, but words are never very adept at expressing emotions and ideas as accurately as we would like. But I hope the general intent came through. I know I'm not the best of friends. I'm terrible at communicating on a regular basis. It's my one biggest weakness. After 8-10 hours on the phone at work, I'm just to beat up to want to pick up the phone and just chat. Same for email somedays.

Does not mean I don't think of all of you regularly and wish that we were closer together and had more time to do things.

It's als ard for folks as I have a lot of pets, and a lot of folks just find it disturbing or annoying to come to a house with five cats. I get it. I even understand it. But it does it make it hard to break out of the go home, sit on the couch with my honey mode when the doorbell never rings.
Comment by Ken Prescott on June 22, 2008 at 6:44pm
"A friend will help you move. A true friend will help you move twice."

"A friend will help you move. A true friend will help you move a body without asking embarrassing questions."
Comment by Kai Jensen on June 18, 2008 at 10:38pm
Nice thoughts, Brian. It give us something to strive for in our relationships. I have one such friend already, but I could definitely work on being a better friend myself.
Comment by Brian Blad on June 17, 2008 at 2:48pm
most of us probably won't
Comment by Greg Blanchett on June 16, 2008 at 11:12am
Some would call the first two a 'stalker'... :-)

"... and does not tell you I told you so if something goes wrong."

I guess I'll never be a true friend. ;-)

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