To live in this world you have to interact with other humans. We depend on each other for survival from birth to death. That is simply the truth. There are no guarantees about friendship. Nowhere is it written, every person to live on this earth will have at least one close friend throughout their life. Friendship is not a given, but a blessing. If you have even one close friend in your life, you are blessed beyond measure.
The love of another human being is something that is to be either accepted or rejected. If you are unable or unwilling to accept love and attention from others, you will find it impossible to experience the joy of friendship. You see, without love there can be no joy. Joy is not the experience of one loving oneself. Joy is the inevitable outcome of one loving another. It is a profound sense of wellbeing and gladness.
All of the things I have written about on this matter: desiring fun, uniting around a common interest, identifying with a group, developing character, sharing gifts, enduring suffering, and experiencing joy are all pieces to the whole experience of friendship. If you can share in these things with another person, with a friend, then you have much to be thankful for. And of course, there is much more to be said, and not said, about friendship. I see only a glimpse of the awesome reality. The road goes ever on…
I love my friends. You know who you are. Thank you for all of these things that I’ve written about. Thank you for all of those things that I couldn’t put into words.
May this serve as a testimony to your impact on my life.