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friend´┐Żship What is friendship? Friendship is a word used to describe many different kinds of personal relationships. Many people are just acquaintances, yet they call it a friendship. True friends know the difference. Other people may be friends in school, and then after school they go their own ways. True friends are not just "sometime friends", they are friends to each other at all times. The American Heritage College Dictionary defines friendship as "the quality or condition of being friends". To me there is just so much more than just that. Friendship is not simply a "relationship", or knowing someone, conversing with that person, or dealing with that person in business, school, or in casual acquaintance. True friendship is not just a "relationship", but self-sacrificing love. A friend is also one who cares, supports, sympathizes with, encourages and is a person in whom you can trust no matter what. I have this friend that wanted to take mushrooms for the first time. ...read more.


True friendships are hard to win but are easily lost if you don't play your cards right. Friendships that are won can easily be lost because of misunderstandings and disputes. Being angry with a friend is like burning down your own house to kill a rat. Rebuild damaged relationships with forgiveness and realistic expectations. After all, people are imperfect; and that includes us. If we are to be accepted with all our faults, don't we owe others the same courtesy? If we are easily hurt by the insensitive remarks of our friends, imagine how they feel when we do the same. The truth is we make more enemies by what we say than friends by what we do. We can win a few friends with our mouths, more with our ears, and the most with our hearts. As long as we communicate in a thoughtful and caring way, we will maintain our friendships. People are so different from each other that it is a wonder that relationships can form at all. ...read more.


Sunday after Sunday I would try out my smile on new people or launch it without thinking to the familiar faces. Back then, my definition of friendship was broad enough to include the relationship I had with anyone at all who might smile at me. Truly friendship is something that can't be placed into words. It is more of a concept than a literal translation. For the purpose of this paper though, I have compiled what I have felt is the very notion of friendship. True friendship should be an everlasting bond between two or more people who feel a connection like a deep rooted brotherhood or sisterhood. Friendship is not something to be rushed into or taken for granted; however people do build friendships off of unstable grounds. Instead of building friendships with a true meaning or emotional connection, people choose to develop friendships off of the surface, for reasons such as having someone to go out with and party with, or someone who is in your life just to fill an empty space. ...read more.

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