Friends do not have a blood bond with us , but they become our family. Our “friends” have chosen us and we have chosen them, voluntarily. Who does not remember that wonderful scene where Forrest Gump goes to rescue his friend Bubba and he, looking into his eyes and about to die, tells him: I knew you would come, Forrest … Does anyone have doubts about the solidarity and friendship of the three? musketeers ?

All for one and one for all! In real life it also happens …

And the best thing is that these gestures that exalt us and make us better people, not only occur in literature or cinema, we have them at all times, thanks to friendship. A friend, without fear of exaggeration, is someone who fills your life with light.

I feel fortunate because I have had the company of friends in happy and sad moments of my life … Recently, they were there with me celebrating my daughter’s 15 years and also that unfortunate Saturday to accompany me, when my brother died … With those demonstrations of friendship one has nothing left to say, thank you, count on me!

Friendship is born from coincidence, although many people to define the wonderful bond that arises, they attribute it to almost magical forces, “something” happens so that we meet and coincide in the space and time necessary to meet each other.

The importance of friends

From early childhood, friends teach us to belong, to socialize, and to empathize and share. Friendship is a subjective and personal concept that tends to change over time. A moving sculpture, to which we give shape and solidity as we mature.

Over the years I have realized that friendship is a gift that awakens our bright side, I am convinced that “being” friend and friend makes us better people.

How to Identify the Authentic Family

We feel reciprocity : The choice is voluntary and mutual. We enjoy the shared bond. We want to build experiences, especially in marker moments, whether due to joys or sadness.

We squander trust : The mantle of friendship allows us to trust each other, to show ourselves as we are sincerely and without posing. Friends accept us and treat us with respect.

Supportive and unconditional : They celebrate your triumphs without ambiguity or envy and are happy about your achievements, but if things go wrong they stay close to support you. In the name of friendship, your happiness makes me happy and your pain saddens me.

Complicity unites us even in the distance, we keep in touch, we remember each other and we look for moments of encounters. A mature friendship is more committed to quality than quantity.

To enjoy true friendship is to have a priceless treasure. A source of affection, respect, and positive emotions, such as generosity and forgiveness. It is having someone to share a coffee with, good or bad news, the same days …

By Dr. Eric Jackson

Dr. Eric Jackson provides primary Internal Medicine care for men and women and treats patients with bone and mineral diseases, diabetes, heart conditions, and other chronic illnesses.He is a Washington University Bone Health Program physician and is a certified Bone Densitometrist. Dr. Avery is consistently recognized in "The Best Doctors in America" list.

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