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The only way to have a friend is...

Posted April 23, 2013 by Alicia Haynes
The only way to have a friend is to be one.

Friendship quotes and sayings... Ralph Waldo Emerson spoke about friendship perfectly when he said that, "the only way to have a friend is to be one." At times we go through life and we get depressed, we get sad and we wonder why we have no really good friends. We see the friendships portrayed in movies and television shows where these people go through the worst possible circumstances, they just meet and they are best friends and they are able to trust one another so immensely with their fragile hearts. Many times we might wonder why we can't have those kind of friendships, the kind that are wild, crazy and always dependable, no matter what.

Well, think about it, do you make an effort to talk to people that you are around all of the time, but still do not know? Do you know the names of everyone in your class, if you are school aged, or your work mates? Maybe your potential best buddy is staring you in the face every, single day, but you have not made an effort to be a friend yourself. Think about it, we are all vulnerable, scared and yearning for the friendship of a lifetime. You cannot just expect that everyone else will make the first move. Take a chance to be a great friend yourself.

A lot of the time we might have friends who are more of acquaintances. These are the friends that we do not know, and we have not even made an effort to know them. Who knows, maybe we have even accidentally rebuffed them during the times that they have tried to get to know us. Maybe they have tried their best to get to know us, but we are distracted and don't even realize. This can happen if we are too interested in ourselves. We are selfish by nature, meaning we are always thinking about our own worries, problems and needs, so it is normal of course. We actually have to try to think about others as well, otherwise we will never be able to have the friendships that we want. The perfect friendship goes both ways. It is constant work to keep a friendship going, even if you and your friend communicate wonderfully and you have known each other for years you still need to work hard to keep it healthy and strong.

People know when you are not being sincere, or if you are not really listening to them. If you want to have a good friend, you actually have to be a good friend. This means that you have to be actively thinking about them and be interested in how they are doing. You want to be balanced with your friendship, always be giving and taking rather than only taking, whether it is financially, or with emotional strain. You can gain a lot of good friendships, if you just start actively trying to be a friend yourself. If you have a genuine interest and caring attitude your friends will see this and be drawn to you.

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