What do we know about friendship?
Think for a moment about those who you know to be your friends.
Why are they your friends? Common interests? Same taste in…clothes, teams, food, trading cards, TV?
Have you ever had friends who turned out to not be ‘true’ friends? You will know what happened and you will probably know why.
The question is, what is friendship? REAL friendship. How would you define REAL friendship? How would your folks define friendship? Ask them.
I think friendship is demonstrated best when you have someone who is unconditional in their friendship (so long as they know they can trust you and that you are respectful). Someone who doesn’t measure your friendship by what you have or what you can give them, but rather that they value you for who you are. This kind of friendship is easy, it flows naturally, much of the time you don’t have to work hard at it or for it. But if there comes a time where it needs fighting for then they have your back. Good friends, true friends are beautiful.
“The most beautiful people we have known are those who have known defeat, known suffering, known struggle, known loss, and have found their way out of the depths. These persons have an appreciation, a sensitivity, and an understanding of life that fills them with compassion, gentleness, and a deep loving concern. Beautiful people do not just happen.”
― Elisabeth Kübler-Ross
I believe true friends are very much like family.
I am missing my Pownall Family. I hope that you understand that your welfare, your happiness, your health…you, are very important to me, to us at Pownall. We have your back. We are here for you.
I’ll continue to see you online in the forthcoming weeks and then hopefully in real life very soon. I hope and pray that it is not too long before we enjoy a celebration of our return to the Pownall site (when the time is right for us all).
“When we honestly ask ourselves which persons in our lives mean the most to us, we often find that it is those who, instead of giving advice, solutions, or cures, have chosen rather to share our pain and touch our wounds with a warm and tender hand. The friend who can be silent with us in a moment of despair or confusion, who can stay with us in an hour of grief and bereavement, who can tolerate not knowing, not curing, not healing and face with us the reality of our powerlessness, that is a friend who cares.”
― Henri Nouwen
God bless you and keep you safe.