The “Law Of Friends”
How important are friendships to you? Mine are right up there with food and water. We really need each other when you come right down to it. People matter! Relationships are what ground us. If you want to have a friend, you need to BE one. A man went out to find a friend and there was no one around…He then went out to BE a friend, and there were people all around. A great philosophy to live by is to give more than you get. Don’t be reluctant to give of yourself generously in a variety of ways. The most important actually is your TIME. It’s the mark of caring and compassion which precludes personal greatness. If you want to work more effectively with others you MUST be perceived as a FRiEND who has THEIR best interests in mind. That is the “Law Of Friends.”
Your ability to get along with others will determine your happiness and success. We can all hope that our resumes would read “Plays well with others.” Even more important than being funny is to BE fun to be around. Laughter is a contagious condition that I hope to be infected with on a regular basis. He (or she) who laughs…lasts. A sense of humor radiates contentment and happiness which helps to create a positive emotional environment in the workplace.
One of the most important components of having great relationships is that of respect for one another. I was at a nursing forum a number of years ago. The nurse sitting next to me stood up to address the group, saying that she had volunteered at Ground Zero after 9/11 in New York. What stood out the most to her was the high level of respect everyone had for one another no matter what their area of service or status. There was a unity of purpose for something that was greater than themselves.
Helping one another becomes a lifestyle in friendship and hopefully life in general. Mother Teresa said it well: ” Be kind and merciful. Let no one ever come to you without going away better and happier.” May we all think about each of our encounters with others as an opportunity to create friendships that may last a lifetime.
Thank you for connecting with me through this blog on friendships which I wrote for my Friends, past, present, and future to read. Hopefully you now feel Better and Happier:-)