Forget diamond rings, flash, fast cars and designer clothes. It is the everyday efforts that a person makes to ensure that your day is a happy one that counts more than anything.
A person who sacrifices their own immediate feelings and position for the sake of another is a true friend indeed and should be loved and appreciated with all your heart. Indeed, too many times words are spoken in earnest, but are never followed up by the promised act. If you find a friend who is willing to stick their neck out for you, support you, care for you and offer impartial guidance when you least expect it, you are a very lucky person.
I must be one of the luckiest.
A friend challenges you and your attitudes, habits and “comfort blankets” to ensure that you develop as a person and become a better, more thoughtful and self-aware individual and grow in confidence day by day. This is a wonderful relationship to have and not everyone gets the privilege.
The help and support of a friend is given unconditionally and without pre-conceptions or judgement. It is invaluable. It is always welcome and should never be taken for granted.
So how do we thank these friends?
By being a good friend in return.
I hope I am.
As Mother Teresa said “We cannot do great things on this Earth, only small things with great love.”