I just got back from a special dinner with a few friends. It got me thinking about the value of friendship.
If there is one truth in this world, it is that we are not alone. In fact, no matter how much we might want to go our own way and do our own thing, we can’t really do anything worth doing without the support of others. The value of friendship is that it is through our friends that we are able to really create achieve things that are bigger than ourself.
Friends provide a sounding board for good ideas, and help you to see bad ideas for what they are. They provide a nurturing environment for the good within you, and help you to externalize those qualities in a way than help you serve the world in a bigger way. Friends aren’t afraid to call you out on the carpet when you aren’t being your true self, and they can help you to see the humor in situations that might otherwise seem incredibly serious.
Friendship is priceless. You can never understate the importance of a close circle of friends. Like anything worth having, there is some effort involved on your part to build and nurture this circle of friends. But rest assured, just like an oak tree stands tall and strong with little care once it grows from a seedling to a young tree, so to will friendships stand strong once they are cultivated. They are worth every minute of time, second of attention and ounce of energy you can give .