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Friends - Who They Are....What They Do

What is a REAL Friend? Part Two

As we grow, we realize it becomes less important to have more friends and more important to have real ones.

Remember, life is kind of like a party. You invite a lot of people, some leave early, some stay all night, some laugh with you, some laugh at you, and some show up really late. But in the end, after the fun, there are a few who stay to help you clean up the mess. And most of the time, they aren't even the ones who made the mess. These people are your real friends in life. They are the ones who matter most.

Here are 5 things real friends do differently:

  • They accept each other as is. – Trying to change a person never works. People know when they are not accepted in their entirety, and it hurts. A real friend is someone who truly knows you, and loves you just the same. Don't change so people will like you. Be yourself and the right people will love the real you. If you feel like changing something about your friend, ask yourself what change you can make in yourself instead.
  • They are genuine, and expect genuineness. – As Leo F. Buscaglia once said, "Never idealize others. They will never live up to your expectations. Don't over-analyze your relationships. Stop playing games. A growing relationship can only be nurtured by genuineness." Don't play games with people's heads and hearts. Remember, love and friendship don't hurt. Lying, cheating and screwing with people's feelings and emotions hurts. Always be open, honest, and genuine. (Read The Mastery of Love.)
  • They compromise. – Real friends meet in the middle. When there's a disagreement, they work out a solution that works for both parties – a compromise, rather than a need for the other person to change or completely give in.
  • They support each other's growth changes. – Our needs change with time. When someone says, "You've changed," it's not always a bad thing. Sometimes it just means you grown. Don't apologize for it. Instead, be open and sincere, explain how you feel, and keep doing what you know in your heart is right.
  • They believe in each other. – Simply believing in another person, and showing it in your words and deeds, can make a huge difference in their life. Studies of people who grew up in dysfunctional homes but who grew up to be happy and successful show that the one thing they had in common was someone who believed in them. Do this for those you care about. Support their dreams and passions and hobbies. Participate with them. Cheer for them. Be nothing but encouraging. Whether they actually accomplish these dreams or not, your belief is of infinite importance to them.
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