I am truly blessed to have some pretty amazing friends – some live close by and we see each other all the time and some live on the other side of the world and we catch up via social media – but all of them enrich my life in different ways.
This week I wanted to remind you how very special it is to have friends you can turn to when you need them most, especially if like me your family doesn’t live around the corner (or, perhaps even more so if they do!). And also how important it is to be a good friend – you never know how much if can mean just to have someone listen to you…
I really believe that good friends keep you grounded whilst helping you reach for the sky. It can be really easy for someone to agree with you all the time, but a friend who knows you well enough to dish out some home truths when you really need them is worth their weight in gold (even if you would prefer to bury your head in the sand). Likewise, a good friend will be excited for you when things go well for you – and if they aren’t then that’s worth investigating.
Like almost everything in life, a good friendship relies on both friends supporting each other. According to an Australian website, some common signs of a good friend include:
- someone who will support you no matter what
- someone you can trust and who won’t judge you
- someone who won’t put you down or deliberately hurt your feelings
- someone who is kind and has respect for you
- someone who will love you because they choose to, not because they feel like they should
- someone whose company you enjoy
- showing loyalty
- being trustworthy and willing to tell you the truth, even when it’s hard
- someone who can laugh when you do
- someone who is willing to stick around when things get tough
- someone who makes you smile
- someone who is there to listen
- someone who will cry when you cry
It’s important that you are making just as much of an effort to be a good friend, so the list above is just as vital for you to be a good friend as it is for your friend!
So my challenge for you this week is to let some of your friends know just how much they mean to you. Send them a message, arrange a catchup or give them a call. Let them know how much they mean to you. It doesn’t have to get soppy, but a heartfelt thank you can go a very long way…
Until next week,