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Friendship is a word that people often use, and often even they use it thoughtlessly. Especially in the virtual media.
We get friendship requests from people, we hardly ever know.
The word friendship got a new meaning during the last years.
I always struggle to call it friendship when I just met someone.
Sincere friendship needs patience and time for growing.
A real friendship is precious. Often, we have a wide circle of acquaintances, but only a few people are in our close circle of friends.
So I want to tell you what friendship means to me.
True friendship means knowing each other very well, loyalty, trust, patience, listening, compassion, familiarity, empathy, and also forgiveness.
We can not choose which family we are born into, but we can choose our friends. We should do that very carefully because there is no better gift than true friendship.
Friendship is like a tree. The tree's height is not important but the depth of its roots. ( Borrowed from a quote I read.) If a storm bends the tree, its strong roots will hold it.
The best way to keep a friendship stable and alive is honesty and respect. We must not always agree with everything our friends do, but we can try to understand why they do so.
But friendship is not a one-way direction. We may expect the same from our friends. Friendship means to be there for each other, in good and bad times.
There are many quotes about Friendship.
The followings are my favorite. (It's not exactly translated from German to English, only similar.)
"A friend is the one who knows the song of your life and sings it for you when you have forgotten its lyrics or melody."
"Friendship is a door between two people. She can sometimes creak, she can pinch, but she is never locked. (Balthasar Gracian y Morales ")
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