Prin­ci­ples that ce­ment the solid bonds of friend­ship

The Mercury - - METRO -

IDEN­TI­FY­ING your real friend­ships:

● You speak highly of each other and de­fend each other when nec­es­sary.

● You have a shared re­silience and are com­mit­ted to the long-haul of life.

● You of­fer mu­tual and thought­ful sup­port and you are not afraid to openly with­hold it when you must.

● You are unafraid to con­front each other when it comes to mat­ters of in­tegrity or when you think the other one is just plain wrong.

● You can share ideas and speak about what you are think­ing with­out em­bar­rass­ment or fear and with­out be­ing held to the thoughts you were ex­plor­ing.

● You un­der­stand each other’s sense of hu­mour and have de­vel­oped a thick skin for when one is needed.

● You tell each other the truth even when the truth is eas­ier to avoid.

● There’s no jeal­ousy be­tween you and you en­cour­age each other to en­joy a wide and grow­ing cir­cle of friends.

● You are al­ways glad to see each other and for­give each other when nec­es­sary.

● Even though you could fin­ish each other’s sen­tences and tell each other’s sto­ries, you don’t.

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