Friendship is a touchy topic because of the many failures people have had with them. If you desire to have a longtime friendship, you have to model the kind of friend you want in that person. As the late great Maya Angelou said, “When people show you who they are, believe them the first time”. In that way, the door will not be left open for surprises or disappointment. Nevertheless, you can surely lose your friend, if you violate any of the code of ethics for friendship.
The dos and don’ts of friendship is left up to your sole discretion. Your morals, beliefs, and the value you put on that friendship are factors that can affect your decision as well. But in most cases, you can damage any friendship by doing any of these four things:
1. Sleep with you friend’s mate/partner.
I absolutely have no words for a person who does this. Seek spiritual or professional help.
2. Steal any of your friend’s possessions, especially money.
A real friend would have probably just given it to you, if you had asked.
3. Lie on your friend or spread lies about your friend.
Loyalty does not equate to taking the blame for someone, and if you don’t know have any evidence, hush. If you do have evidence, still hush.
4. Break commitment after commitment.
If you have to continue lying or making excuses as to why you can’t keep your commitment, you are not loyal and definitely can’t be depended on.
I’m sure many of you can add to this list, for every situation lends a different kind of experience. You may not realize what might be a deal breaker, until it actually happens.
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