Sure, sure, it seems an easy cop-out to say “friendship.” Cut me some slack, though. I haven’t even finished my first cup of coffee.
This quote is probably my favorite friendship quote of all time. One can, indeed, survive without friends, it is true. But friendship is so vitally important to our thriving. Without it, we wither into lonely, bitter, isolated curmudgeons. And who wants to be a curmudgeon? Don’t we all want to be rainbow unicorn kittens?!
True friends are the ones who know us well, and choose us anyway. They remind us of our worth when we have forgotten it. They dig deep and help out when they don’t feel like it, because they know that you would do the same for them. They lay down their lives for one another in ways large and small.
Friends forgive, give grace, and apologize. They don’t pretend. They are loyal, and refuse to listen to bad reports. They call you out when you’re being stupid.