Saturday, February 03, 2007

Friend

By textbook definition, a friend is "a person attached to another by feelings of affection or personal regard." Of course we can assume that the affection is that of caring, kindness, love of the non-romantic kind, as this is just a friend after all, but we all have our own personal definitions of what friends are to us. To me a friend is someone who calls just to see what's going on, how you're doing or how your day went. Or perhaps they send an email "just because" you're in their thoughts, or maybe you chat online, because let's face it, many of us spend alot of time on our computers and people aren't alway available by phone, although you can leave a message on just about any cell phone. I think a friend not only shares in your successes and accomplishments but also in your failures and shortcomings by offering words of encouragement, kindness and offerings of "things will get better". Friends are not fair weather, self-absorbed or in constant use of the word "I". These people are called acquaintences and in the end, whether it be the final "END" or just in passing, a friend will far outlast an acquaintence. An acquaintence lives for the moment of a lifetime, a friend lives for a lifetime of moments. What you may ask, is the reason for this post? Reflection, really. It's a wonderfully, cleansing moment of clairity when you can really see the difference between Friend and Acquaintence.

6 Comments:

Blogger Debbie said...

I always found that if someone is truly your friend, no matter what you do you'll never be able to get rid of them. It doesn't matter how bad the fight is or how much you've hurt each other....that person will still be there.

Great post!

9:37 AM  
Blogger CP said...

i deserve the acquaintance tag from you. i haven't been around very much and you were very supportive of me during my exams.

im sorry. i suck. I will be better.

CP.

7:48 PM  
Blogger Big Pissy said...

I learned that lesson when I went through my divorce.

It's a tough lesson to learn, but one that has served me well....

7:48 PM  
Blogger dirk.mancuso said...

Been there, done that and it's sometimes a little sad when we have these moments of clarity and realize some of the people we counted as friends really aren't.

Great post.

10:01 PM  
Blogger an ordinary individual said...

Glad to know you think so highly of your friends...and aquaintences....they sometimes become friends

6:49 PM  
Blogger Dr. Krista said...

spoken like someone who has learned the difference between friend and aquaintence ~ perhaps the hard way. I share your experience as I'm sure many others have. If we'd all just focus on being "friends" ~ the world WOULD be a nicer, kinder place...

6:45 AM  

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