Friends are more essential than people may admit. We lean on our friends more than we care to say as well. They help when times are rough and add joy to our lives. Life would be very lonely without friends. Yet, not all “friends” are going to be there for you. They are not all going to support you either. So tell me, how do you know who your true friends are? Can you tell them from those you hang around with? Do you recognize their true value? Are you a true and loyal friend? These are questions we all need to ask not only our friends but ourselves as well.
So what is a true friend? I see a true friend as someone who is:
- · Always Loyal
- · Always Honest
- · Always There When You Need Them
- · Are As Close As Family
- · Will Never Betray You
- · Will Never Intentionally Hurt You
- · Will Never Lead You Astray
If your friends don’t carry any of the qualities above, they are not true friends. They really may just be associates. See an associate is just someone you see and hangout with occasionally. You don’t find them too reliable or trustworthy. You can be around them for a short amount of time but you know in your heart that they cannot benefit you. It’s okay to have associates but that’s just where someone people should stay.
A true friend comes with benefits. They add to your life for the good. They will help you just as much as you help them. A true friend will call you out on your mess and help you change it. They will guide you toward better even when you want to do wrong. My true friends don’t have to buy me things or loan me money to be my friends. If all they did was stay by my side through good and bad and are totally honest, that’s all I need. A true friend doesn’t need to keep proving themselves. They just have to truly be who they are and accept me as the same.
The value of a great and true friend is priceless. If you can put a price on your friendship, something is wrong. The love you show toward each other should be enough. Know this, if you feel that the person you’re “friends” with isn’t really a friend, let them go. They are only holding you back and hindering your life. The people in our lives play a great part. If they aren’t helping, they must go. Poison is NOT option. And if you know in your heart that you aren’t being a true friend to someone, do them a favor and walk away. It’s okay. You just took the first step to being a true friend to someone else. Please know who your true friends are. Your life will be much better when you do.