“A Sweet Friendship Refreshes the Soul.” Proverbs 27:9
I am sure you are familiar with the term, “No man is an island”. This simply means that we were not created to live isolated lives. Every person, no matter how well adjusted, can benefit from friendship. “A day without a friend is like a pot without a single drop of honey left inside.” – A.A. Milne, Winnie-the-Pooh.
Friendship is the bond shared between friends. A friend is someone who we feel a connection with, someone we like and whose company we enjoy. Someone who is on your side. Good friends know each other well. The stronger a friendship grows, the more we rely on that person, trust them and are able to confide in them. Best friends become our confidants, comforters and our cheerleaders.
Having a friend means never having to go through anything alone. You have someone to share your best times and worst times with. Someone who will stand up for you. Someone who sees all your faults and loves you in spite of them. A friend encourages, advises and supports. A friend always has your best interests at heart. They are loyal and trustworthy. Honest but not hurtful. A friend understands you, and offers a shoulder to cry on. It is someone you are comfortable enough with to just be yourself. Someone to laugh with. Someone who truly enriches your life. “A friend is someone who understands your past, believes in your future, and accepts you just the way you are.” – Unknown
Sound wonderful? That is because it is. Friendship is a precious gift. It should never be taken for granted. It should be valued. For a friendship to truly blossom mutual respect and consideration is required. We cannot expect our friends to be there for us and not be there for them. Friendship is a two way street. We need to give as good as we get. It is important that our friends know we appreciate them.
Even the best of friends have disagreements. Things aren’t always smooth sailing but even in troubled waters we need to be good to our friends. Don’t let something they have done wrong allow you to forget everything they have done right. Put a watch in front of your mouth. Never speak hurtful unkind words to your friends. Be patient. Be prepared to forgive, remembering there might come a time when you need to be forgiven. We all sometimes act out of character, make a bad judgment call or let down the ones we care for most. We all make mistakes.
Friends don’t make excuses for their actions. They own up to their mistakes and take responsibility for their actions. Friendship means being quick to apologize and quick to forgive. Sometimes you just have to agree to disagree. We need to love our friends. Remembering that love sees the best in others. Love doesn’t judge or condemn. It forgives and keeps no record of wrongs. If our words and actions are born out of love then our friendships will go from strength to strength. The scripture 1 Corinthians 16:14, puts it perfectly, “Let all that you do be done in Love.”
Children start forming friendships at a very early age. It is important that they understand that friendship is not about competing, but caring. It doesn’t matter who is taller or stronger, or which of them win the race. What really matters is that they are there for one another, helping and supporting one another. Encouraging each other, looking after one another. Being patient and kind. Above all it is about loving each other.
“We’ll be friends forever, won’t we, Pooh?’ asked Piglet. Even longer,’ Pooh answered.” – A.A. Milne, Winnie-the-Pooh.
I wrote the ‘Tagu the turtle’ book to show children the value of friendship and the importance of being good to our friends. Through this enjoyable story, Tagu the turtle teaches children the importance of thinking before you speak, and that words can hurt people. The delightful characters along with the spectacular, full-colour illustrations by Matthew Ziranek bring both the undersea world and the story to life. An entertaining story with an important message for children of all ages.
Order your copy of ‘Tagu the turtle’ today. Available from Amazon and various other leading online retailers. I hope this book will encourage little ones to value their friendships and to always be good to their friends.
Reviews are most welcome and please feel free to share with me if and how this story impacted a little life.
“As soon as I saw you, I knew a grand adventure was about to happen.” – A.A. Milne, Winnie-the-Pooh.