Friends vs Pretend Friends

There are so many opportunities to develop a network of “friends” online these days via sites such as Twitter.com (followers), Facebook.com, Linkedin.com, MySpace.com etc that sometimes, I think people forget what real friendship is.

I know a lot of people. A lot more people know me (whether they really know me or just think they know me is debatable). Just because I know someone, whether in “real life” or “virtually” doesn’t mean they are a real friend.

A friend is someone who will be there for you in good times and bad. A friend is someone you want to be around and are willing to do anything for, even if it’s at great inconvenience to you.

A friend is someone who doesn’t care what you do, or who you know or how much you have.

You might have a friend you see everyday or you might have a friend you see very rarely. You might speak non stop to a friend or you might be with your friend and say very little.

Friendship is about quality, not quantity.

If you have 3-5 friends in your life, you are truly fortunate. When I hear people refer to their hundreds of friends and buddies, I feel bad for them because I wonder if they really have any friends or for that matter, even know what a true friend is.

Sadly, it’s also easy to take friends for granted. Because you know they will be there for you, you don’t worry about them as much as you should.

If you get a chance, thank your friends for being who they are.

Have a great day!

Lawrence

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