“The thing about shared friendships is the absolute love that flows from within and without one’s own heart. No exceptions. It just is.” ~ Plh
*Friendship, the ties that bind us ~ one to another ~ cannot be overstated. Every single one of us needs friends. Every single one of us needs to be a friend – to as many as is feasible. At a distance or close up, it makes not a difference. A friend is a friend is a friend.
Being a true friend is caring, encouraging, making a difference – as you can – where it counts. And there is always room in our hearts for another friend, always.
“But I have no friends“, you say. Then go help someone in need. Step out of your own, self imposed but lonely, comfort zone. Help several someones, but help because you want to. Set no conditions, no requirements and you’ll discover friendship along the way.
And as friends come along, nurture these relationships. Share, care and be there! Some will become true friendships.
Know there are those who will use your friendship by taking advantage of your good will. Do not be discouraged for they do not really understand.
Help others as you can with good intent. They will be the ones who decide the direction your friendship will take.
Always remember … “a friend in need is a friend indeed” – Be there!
*Also an additional bonus: It greatly increases the potential for giving and receiving caring hugs! And today hugs are needed more than ever!
I had written this post a year ago and decided to share it once again (with a few changes). Thanks for stopping by, hoping your weekend is going well for you.
18 thoughts on “Friendship … A Great Elixir for Happiness!”
Friendships are awesome. Having friends all across the globe, I feel so blessed. Mind you, it would be nice if I had a few more within touching distance 🙂
Too true, Al. Hugging distance for certain! 🙂
Thank you for taking time to remind me of the value of friends, Penny!
Thank you, Bill. I have a strong hunch you already know and practice friendship exceedingly well. Wishing you the very best!
Ha- ha. Yes. Penny, so you know, this is Stacey – Bill’s daughter. I was his ghost writer when we first me (he was a WWII pilot). Now – this is my blog about my journey with ovarian cancer. I was happy to find you again, but I guess have neglected to change the name somehow.
OMGosh, Stacy, it’s so good to “see” you. It has been a long time. I still meant the words I wrote to you. And you can lick this, I know you have the fortitude and strength to heal inside of you. Sending my love with lots of positive energy to you, dear friend. xxx
Ha ha – thanks, Penny! Yes – it has been a long time! (Dad passed away in 2012) I sure can lick this thing! I have to – too much to do to not lick it — I’ll take that energy, though. You are wonderful – and glad to be reading your words of wisdom once again, too!
Thank you and I’m loving your strong attitude, Stacy!
Funny – I almost prefer the side-bar conversation to the posts, Penny! Thanks.
Me too, Stacy. Me too. 🙂
Ha – ha – New blog: Side-bar conversations. (There has to be something in this one? grin) Anyhow – think I’ll focus on mainstream dialogue for now and giggle on the side.
I happen to think giggling is just the best thing ever (and it releases a ton of endorphins into the bloodstream making one feel better!) 🙂
Blimey is this only a year ago! If everybody had a blog then they would find wonderful friends!
Yes, I believe they would StJ. xxx
I’ve discovered that there are “categories” for friends. I try not to expect a friend to be “everything” to me. For example, I have tennis friends, friends from when I grieved, friends from my past, friends from when my children were growing up, and friends from blogging. I don’t expect my tennis friends to understand about grief. Everyone fulfills a different need for me and I appreciate all of those connections!
How excellent, Judy. Sounds like just the way it should be.
I so agree Penny! Hugs and blessings!
Thank you, Wendell. Big hugs and as always, much love to you.