While talking to an acquaintance the other day she had made the comment that she wished she had more GREAT friends. That got me thinking; in today’s culture where the main emphasis is the virtual world, do we all hunger, crave a true, great friendship? However great friendships just don’t happen, to have a great friend you need to be a great friend. What kind of a friend are you?
Do you hold others to unrealistic expectations? If the situation was reversed would you be willing to hold yourself to such high standards?
Are you quick to forgive?
Do you give selflessly, without expectations or an IOU?
Do you judge? Do you base friendships on superficial qualities? What kind of car they drive, house they have, status, profession, etc.?
Are you willing to give your undivided attention?
Do you try to make yourself superior? No one wants to feel like an inconvenience.
Do you build the other up?
If there is a problem can you have a conversation and see where each other is coming from? Do you have sympathy and compassion? Are you understanding of each other’s circumstances?
Have you had a friendship that has lasted the tests of time? How do you make certain your friendships thrive? How do you make certain you are a friend that is worth having?