“Those who wish for good things for their friends for their own sake are friends most of all, since they are that way for themselves and not incidentally; so the friendship of these people lasts as long as they are good, and virtue is enduring.” – Aristotle
At the age of 5 my heart was set on playing the guitar. Like most who learn this instrument we begin with making chords. A chord is a combination of three or more notes that blend harmoniously when sounded together. By way of metaphor let us compare a musical chord with friendship. For friendship to remain harmonious & beautiful, what do you suppose are the 3 notes that need to be present?
Here’s a list of items that represent some of the main aspects or features of friendship. Read it carefully, and then try to select the three that you feel are most necessary for friendship; then ask yourself why each of these items is essential for such an end. Go ahead and share your answer in the comment section below. Let’s deepen our understanding of fellowship so that we might thrive and grow!
Friends bring out the best in one another.
Friends accept each other’s shortcomings.
Friends keep us honest and true to our aims.
Friends make it easier to bear difficulties.
Friends give us courage to stand up for what we know to be true.
Friends share common values.
Friends empathize with each other.
Friends trust one another.
Friends challenge each other to grow and stretch boundaries.
Friends encourage self-reliance and personal autonomy.
Friends maintain healthy boundaries.
Friends respect differences of opinion.
Friends watch each other’s back.
Friends care for one another.
Furthermore, should you feel this list lacks some of the finer gems of friendship, by all means include them with your response. Be sure to explain why you believe such a feature is necessary for being a true friend to another human-being.