“I Have Best Friends . . . Not Contacts . . . There’s A Difference!”

Today’s technologically connected (obsessed) world has rewritten the true meaning of the word “friendship,”  While it is true that you have many acquaintances and  can readily find out what’s going on in the lives of current and former friends, I’d be willing to bet that you also have friends whom you’ve never met before, but still refer them as friends.

Social Media has redefined the word “friend”  to mean “contact” which if you really think about it removes the “relationship” aspect of  the true meaning of “friendship” making it sound so cold and random. Sure we can send them as many messages as we want, but it’s not the same as having a personal one on one relationship with them, is it? Maybe by realizing this, it might make you ask yourself; Have I become so preoccupied with the amount of friends I have that I’ve totally forgotten how to be a friend?

There are so many different definitions of what a friend is and what they should do for you and how they should make you feel that I’m amazed anyone actually has any friends! Me? Well, I consider myself incredibly blessed, thankful and lucky for all the friends I have, but honestly, I could count my true, lifelong, special. friends on both hands. These are the people who I would trust with my life and have unique, individual, relationships (not connections) with. Of course that doesn’t mean I think any less of all my other friends, I love and treasure them immensely and would do anything in the world for them.

I sincerely hope that the children growing up today will be able to form personal, lifelong, friendships that don’t rely on “Social Media” as the only way to communicate and have personal relationships with them. My true friends . . . well . . .we argue, disagree, get frustrated with each other, sometimes yell, but, we also . . . care, show kindness and compassion, help, laugh, cry, allow to be themselves and love and understand each other unconditionally. That’s pretty awesome and I wouldn’t trade it in for all the money in the world! That is, well . . . unless we get to split it!

“It is only the great hearted who can be friends. The mean and cowardly, can never know what true friendship is!”   (Charles Kingsley)

Of all possessions a friend is the most precious.”  (Herodotus)

 

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