It is a wonderful thing to have a friend who can be trusted under any circumstances; who knows the worst about us and loves us any way; who knows the best about us and entertains no envy; who speaks the truth to us, at times even correcting us, but always having our best interest at heart; who tells the truth about us, even when others are telling lies to discredit us; who doesn’t insist that we agree with him on every issue; who is patient with us and gentle toward us when we are in disagreement; who listens to our oft repeated stories as though he is hearing them for the very first time; who is willing to help in a time of need without being asked and without complaining about it to others; who sees us prosper and isn’t jealous; who sees us in need and isn’t indifferent; who refuses to impose on us by expecting us to return every favor; who does not smother us by insisting that he be our best or only friend.
To have such a friend is not only wonderful, it is also rare. You are more likely to find fortune and fame than to find a friend who is so faithful. They are truly rare and therefore of great value. They should be treated as such. Love them unconditionally; forgive them entirely; help them cheerfully; defend them vigorously; correct them rarely, lovingly, and wisely; give of yourself unselfishly. Be the friend to them that you need them to be to you.Indeed, it is wonderful to have such a friend, but it is more important to be that kind of friend!