Life and Friendship

Maintaining friendships can be one of the most difficult tasks we encounter as we go through life. Relationships that are developed outside of work are often the hardest to keep salient. It is the people with whom we see day in and day out at the office or come into contact with during the course of a regular business day that seem to foster some of the most rewarding friendships that can last a life time.

There is little doubt that it is difficult to truly befriend every person that is associated with you in business. Personalities and circumstances differ at every turn. Your likes and dislikes are seldom exactly matched with others, making us each unique in our own way. It is the meshing of our commonalties that makes friendships grow along with a true desire to get to know the other person that is part of the friendship equation.

Will Rogers said that he never met a man he didn't like. I, on the other hand, certainly have and I'm betting that you have as well. Everyone has a few truly close friendships that we turn to for relaxation, consolation, inspiration, and shared confidences. Psychologists believe that it is difficult to have more than five to six really close friendships. The point being the amount of time we have to invest in friendships is limited by the daily activities we encounter, inside and outside of our working environment. Choosing friendship means an investment on your part and on the part of the other person. It cannot be a one-sided endeavor. Invest the time to build your friendships. Each one is special and they should never be taken for granted.


"Determine never to be idle...It is wonderful how much may be done if we are always doing." - Thomas Jefferson

"Enjoy your happiness while you have it, and while you have it, do not too closely scrutinize its foundation." - Joseph Farrell

"Be courteous to all, but intimate with few, and let those few be well tried before you give them your confidence. True friendship is a plant of slow growth, and must undergo and withstand the shock of adversity before it is entitled to the appellation," - George Washington

"If a man does not make new acquaintances as he advances through life, he will soon find himself alone. A man should keep his friendships in constant repair." - Samuel Johnson

“Friendship is born at that moment when one person says to another, 'What! You too? I thought I was the only one" - C.S. Lewis

“Friendship is a single soul dwelling in two bodies." - Aristotle

“The glory of friendship is not the outstretched hand, nor the kindly smile, nor the joy of companionship; it's the spiritual inspiration that comes to one when he discovers that someone else believes in him and is willing to trust him with his friend." - Ralph Waldo Emerson





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