Real friendships are wonderful. A real friend offers you only support, not criticism. (The critic in the head does more than enough!) When you have an important decision to make and you ask your friend to help you with it, a real friend will say, “It is important that you make the decision, not me. No matter how it plays out, you will always have my support, but when you make the decision – right or wrong – you are empowered.”
And this is what friendship is about, each empowering the other, never undermining. A friend never attempts to be obviously more clever than you, or make you look stupid. A friend never has fun at your expense, they never deliberately embarrass you. A friend is a person on whom you can rely; a person in whom you can safely confide. To be a real friend brings out the very best in you . . . it is not always easy. When you are rejected, you do not reject. Before you can be a real friend to another person, you are required to be friends with yourself. You would never believe how many people are their own worst enemy.
When you are your own best friend, it makes it easy to constantly and consciously . . . choose Love!