Although I’ve been examining the importance of relationships primarily in the context of business, it applies much more broadly. People want to engage in activities with people they like. This is pretty obvious, but I mention it because I want to emphasize the value—and power—of true community in every context and situation. Here are a few of those truths about genuine connection: - Real friends are scarce: When you develop a deep friendship with someone, value it, because real friends are rare. A true friend is someone who sees you at your worst but never forgets your best. In short, a real friend is a friend all the time. Value the real friends you have. They are precious. More importantly, try to become a real friend to others. There are few gifts greater than being a friend. - Real friends are refreshing: Every situation in life improves when a friend is involved. When you want to share a fun experience, there’s nothing like having a friend with you. When you’re facing a crisis, a friend shares its weight. That kind of connection is refreshing, no matter what’s happening in your life.
How do others respond to you? When people see you coming, do they expect to be refreshed and energized? Or do they have to expend energy to sustain their interaction with you? Everyone should be a breath of fresh air to someone in his life. - Real friends make us better: In the best kinds of friendships, the people improve one another simply by being together. That’s what real friends do. They bring out each other’s best. - Real friends remain faithful: In this world there are plenty of people who don’t care about others, but real friends remain faithful no matter what. You cannot sustain a deep friendship with everyone, nor should you try, but you should cultivate genuine, deep friendships with a few people. You can be a friendly, kind, supportive person to everyone you meet. You can treat every person as an individual, not simply a “contact.” Do you agree that true friends are people who bring out the best in you? Do people who bring out your best become your friends? Or because people are your friends, they bring out your best?