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Friendship

Commentary by Peter Shepherd
Friendship
“A friend is someone you can be alone with, not able to think of anything to say and be comfortable in the silence.” ~ Sheryl Condie
Friendship is a relationship of affection, caring and sharing. Life is so much more relaxed and fun when you're with a friend. And you don't have to 'make conversation' - you don't have to pretend.
“One of the most beautiful qualities of true friendship is to understand and be understood.” ~ Seneca
Since Roman times, and before of course, the value of friendship is clear - here is someone who listens to you and you want to listen to them as well. Naturally understanding results.
“Friendship in its highest form has a political or civic dimension. We love our friends not just because we like each other or are useful to each other, but because we share the same values and ideals for our society, and come together to advance those ideals.” ~ Jules Evans
Friendship means more than being an associate or casual acquaintance for a period of time. It's a deeper connection and tends to last many years, even a lifetime, even when we are separated by circumstances. Because values are shared, we have important things in common, rather like family - even if in other ways we are quite different.
“Friendship with oneself is all-important, because without it one cannot be friends with anyone else in the world.” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt
A special friend will always be there to help you. But the doors need to be open, and that's not possible if you're ashamed of yourself or unwilling to show your true feelings. So yes, friendship starts with yourself, opening the doors and caring about others. Then you won't be short of friends.
“The greatest sweetener of human life is friendship. To raise this to the highest pitch of enjoyment, is a secret which but few discover.” ~ Joseph Addison
To develop friendship, we first need to recognize how we are blessed by the presence of empathic souls in our life. Appreciation and gratitude always raise our vibration, and attract happiness and fulfillment - and as a result our friendships connect at a high level.
“True friendship multiplies the good in life and divides its evils. Strive to have friends, for life without friends is like life on a desert island. To find one real friend in a lifetime is good fortune; to keep them is a blessing.” ~ Baltasar Gracian
As Jesse Herman Holmes said, "Beauty, truth, friendship, love, creation – these are the great values of life. We can't prove them, or explain them, yet they are the most stable things in our lives."
Friendship

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Can Men and Women Be Friends? ~ by Linda Sapadin

In Jane Austen's time, when men and women lived in separate worlds, their primary attraction to each other was romantic. In today’s world, however, men and women live, work and play together. They are fellow Trainees, colleagues, committee members, bridge buddies, tennis partners and more. This cultural shift has created a new norm in which people generally keep their sexual involvement and friendships separate. Do some friendships turn into romantic relationships? Yes. And thank goodness for that; it’s been the beginning of many a great marriage. Continues
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