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The Top 10 Characteristics of True Friends

For some time it's seemed to me that the whole area of friendship is one
which is being sacrificed on the altar of overload. The term friend is
sometimes used so loosely as to be almost meaningless, here I invite you to
reflect on the characteristics of true friends. Last time I shared the The
Top Ten Questions for Anyone Wanting to Increase Their Circle of Friends
and this represents the next step.

1. When you forget the song in your heart, a friend is someone who sings it
back to you. (Helen Steiner)

2. A friend's support is unconditional: when the going gets tough a friend
is right there beside you.

3. A friend has seen you at your worst and loves you even so.

4. A friend is someone with whom you can share secrets in confidence.

5. You can phone a friend for help even in the middle of the night.

6. A friend is honest with you, deflates your ego and inflates your Self.

7. A friend shares your sense of humour, provides nourishment and
inspiration for the mind.

8. A friend is drawn to you not not for what you are but who you are.

9. When you share your wildest dreams, a friend is someone who replies,
quote, How can I help? unquote.

10. Thinking about Needs and Values, once you have recogised those Needs
which,satisfied, enable you to be the best person you possibly can be, a
friend will help you get them met.

… And a friend will say all of the above about you too!

About the submitter:
This piece was written by Martin Sawdon who can be reached at or visited on the web at

Martin has a special interest in people in the workplace and the creation of Sustainable Workplaces, corporations which are extraordinarily profitable, extraordinarily effective if public sector but get there by growing people rather than consuming them like a fossil fuel. He coaches clients with integrity and great senses of humor, who are determined to realize achievements beyond their wildest dreams.

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