All worthwhile friendships go through ups and downs. Here are some essential elements for keeping an even keel, in good times or rough.
It is easier to forgive our enemies than our friends. But real forgiveness is not only beautiful, it is essential to showing a friend that the relationship is more valuable than any argument we may have.
It might feel like the primary duty of any friend is to be an unwavering source of physical and moral support – but we also have to recognize when someone is trying to tell us “I need some time to myself,” and know when it is time to back off.
Friends accept each other wholly, for who they are. If we are asking someone to change, or if someone is asking us to change, we have to remind ourselves that true companionship is unconditional. Be yourself, and allow others to be themselves in turn.
Oscar Wilde said “True friends stab you in the front.” While painful, sometimes it may be or duty to tell others what they cannot see for themselves, and we have to have the humility to receive likewise criticism.
In modern times, we sometimes make friendship more complicated than it really is. All we can really do is be empathetic and treat our friends as we wish to be treated!