(Stock Photo – I did not take this photo)
Most of us have plenty of acquaintances that we often refer to as friends. And that’s perfectly fine. In this time of FB everyone seems to be a friend. But do you have a true friend? Or better yet true friends (plural)? I’m not talking about family here, spouse or otherwise. Have you ever asked yourself what a true, trusted friend is?
I have very few friends that I completely trust. The trust I’m talking about is absolute, and is a trust that has been earned through shared experience, often adverse experience. And, for the most part, these are long held relationships going back years and years. These are friends that I can share my most intimate thoughts with, and who will tend not to judge me too harshly. I may not always choose to share my thoughts with them, but I know that I can. My friends always tell me the truth even if I’m not always ready to hear it.
My friends are loyal. They’ve never betrayed my trust. They’ve looked out for my best interests even when I’m not aware of them doing so. They don’t say one thing to my face, and another behind my back. Do you have friends like this?
We may not agree politically, spiritually or religiously—but if I call out for help they will drop everything to come to my aid. They always have, and I suspect they always will. As I have, and would continue to do for them. Having a good trustworthy friend is a huge responsibility, because you never want to be in a position of letting that friend down.
A Good Friend Is Someone Who Is
I can think of five friends in particular who meet this criteria, and though I don’t often see them I do strive to stay in touch. There are others, of course, but these five guys standout for various reasons known only to them. Thank you Mark W, David M, Steve L, Bob M (RIP) and Ed L (RIP) for almost 200 years of combined loyalty, trust, guidance and friendship. I would literally take a bullet for any one of these friends (and I don’t say that lightly).
On the critter side I would be remiss if I didn’t also mention Major & Sarge (RIP). The best German Shepherd Dogs ever (you never let me down my trusted animal friends). The comment about taking a bullet applies to these two friends too. Take a moment, please, to acknowledge your trusted friend(s), both human and critter alike.