Friendship - The Greatest of All Relations
There's an old saying, "A warrior's heroism is tested during wartime and friendship of a friend is tested during tough times".
The heads of every family, when they tell bedtime stories to their grandchildren, bring references of the friendship of Radha and Krishna or may be of Krishna and Sudhama and make the little children of the household believe that friendship is the purest and truest form of all relationships. They try to make them understand that one should always be a friend like Krishna- always by another friend's side when they are in trouble.
From the highest power of the country or this world to the lowest bums of the society, living in the streets, each and every human being depends upon friendship. Difference in castes, creed, religions, position, sex and age does not matter when it comes to friendship. As friendship is the only feeling that comes naturally.
Sometimes, some friendship bears damages, due to economic disparity and other forms of differentiation. However, that does not mean that friendship can happen only between uniform status and like-minded people.
It begins with a simple "Hi!", wherever one is, maybe in the neighborhood, school, college, university or office. Then the relationship grows and deepens with true and sincere affection, care, love and respect towards each other.
Friends can be both good and bad. However, it depends upon the individual, whom to choose. Good friends will always show the right direction, while friends who are not that good, will only care about themselves, and will have the tendency to misguide the other, thereby ruining their lives completely.
In this long life, however, it is very difficult to survive alone therefore, as Mark Twain said, "Grief can take care of itself, but to get the full value of joy you must have somebody to divide it with." Yes, every individual in this world needs a friend in his or her life, who will be there for them at every point of time, with whom it is easy to talk to, share feelings with and laugh the hearts out.
Whether it is friendship between siblings, spouses, parent-child or teacher-student, all relations will not last long, if there is no freedom to share each other's opinions, or honesty in it.
Sometimes, friendship gets affected because of ego and misunderstandings. However, it is the duty and responsibility of each and every friend, to try to strike a balance in friendship by trusting each other unconditionally and by trying to understand each other's problems and feelings and motivate and support each other, by forgetting all that had happened in the past, thereby strengthening the friendship.
In this world of pseudoism, coming across trustworthy, good and loyal friends is a daunting task. So, when one finds a true friend it is next to finding gold. Moreover, one should do everything to keep such a friend.
Thus, friendship is one of the greatest bonds and one of the most beautiful gifts one can ever ask for. It is one which stays with a person forever. Fortunate are those who get friends they can trust, easily.
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