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A look at the various types of friends in our society

Just walk beside me and be my friend. Yet, how much time do we really spend thinking about those people who matter more to us then all the other people we meet and interact with throughout our life, sometimes including family? The meaning of friendship. Authenticity, honesty, and trust are qualities we expect to find in a friend. A true friend supports and encourages us, tolerates our shortcomings, accepts us unconditionally, and cares for us no matter what.

  1. No matter how big a trouble magnet that person may be, you can never stay away from him or her because of this one simple reason—friends are forever!
  2. Wherever you go with him or her, trouble would closely follow your heels. The Friend by Association This is the friend who you may sit with at lunch or invite to your parties or sleepovers, but you're not super tight with them—someone else in your crew is, rather.
  3. Choose friends who can bring balance in areas where you are weaker. Kinda like how to be healthy you need the four different food groups — you can't just eat cookies for every meal.
  4. How do they round out your life?

With a true friend the walls come down and you can be who you are without fear. A friend is present for you no matter what time of the night or day it is. Two people come together on equal terms. They give their all.

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Friendship demands more than love. Friendship expects and endures the good, the bad, and the ugly. A best friend is someone who brings out the best in you. A real friend bears witness to whatever happens to you. With old friends there is a comforting familiarity. You can let down your guard and just be who you truly are without fear, shameor guilt. A faithful friend is a treasure found.

The inevitable twists and turns of our lives down the long and winding road that represents our journey is made sweeter and more meaningful by the sharing and caring of a good friend. Sometimes our friends are the family we wished we had. Sometimes we have difficulty with our own family.

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We may feel misunderstood, judged, ridiculed, or even ignored. In that case, our friends often fill in for what is not provided by our own family.

In the best case scenario, however, family members can also be good friends. Rarely do members of one family grow up under the same roof.

Recognizing each other on a soul level helps us spiritually. This friendship was an act of recognition and belonging. When you had an anam cara, your friendship cut across all convention and category. You were joined in an ancient and eternal way with the friend of your soul. A single soul dwelling in two bodies. In friendship our actions and reactions cause us to go beyond just being you and me.

  • Choose friends with similar values;
  • How do they round out your life?
  • Just walk beside me and be my friend;
  • How do they round out your life?
  • Either way, this type of "friend" is toxic, so don't let them in too deep.

Some stay for a while and leave footprints on our hearts. And we are never, ever the same. A friend rekindles our light when it has gone out, ignites our excitement, and inspires us to do better and more.

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A real friend may even inspire you in a way you never imagined you could be. They may wake you up to all of the possibilities that live within you and help you to realize your full potential. Each of us owes deepest thanks to those who have rekindled this light.