In Others’ Words: Friendship
~ George Washington, first U.S. president
The “who” of this quote surprised me.
George Washington talking about friendship? Really–a guy pondering relationships?
I expected this quote to be a pearl of wisdom from some other woman who, like me, knows how we women need our girlfriends.
Because we do.
One thing I’ve told my daughters over and over again: We need our girlfriends.
But here’s the thing: I’ve also prayed that my husband and son will find good friends. They may not have as many life-long friendships as I do, but they still need relationships with people who “get” them.
And, as George Washington so wisely said, true friendship doesn’t happen overnight.
Because true friendship requires trust.
If I’m going to be myself with someone, I have to know that I’ll be accepted–not laughed at. Loved–not ridiculed.
A friend can challenge me, call me on things–but I have to know her actions are backed up with a whole lot of “I’m here for you.”
In Your Words: What do you value in friendships? Do you agree friendships take time? Any fun friends story to share?
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