8 Principles of True Friendship
Oh wow… November Thanksgiving and December Christmas passed by so fast. I was planning to write stories behind the Principles of True Friendship by Orrin Woodward however, between busy work life that pays my bills, hectic family schedule with Theresa’s swimming and school activities, and my service to my faith community there are so much you can squeeze in a day. Since last time I posted a story in October, I tried publishing some of the music beats of my eldest son, Tim. The album “Hello World” by TJ Blu is now available at iTunes, Spotify, Amazon Music, Google Play, and other international music streaming sites.
Below are links for free listening at Spotify:
For other streaming sites, search artist "TJ Blu" and album "Hello World"
Getting it publish is one thing, and getting it known is another. Maybe it will have wings of its own trusting that the simple beats will get some audience. It may help this website get some funding (wishful thinking LOL.)
My take away from music publishing is that you never get old learning something new. It’s always that experience will build your strong foundation for you to achieve more.
Anyway, before the New Year creeps up on me, please allow me to offer you the 8 Principles of True Friendship and Orrin Woodward quotes that hits me:
- True Friends approve of one another, protecting each other’s weaknesses while enhancing each other’s strengths.
Approval is the shining of one’s light into another’s darkness; although the words cost one little, their value to others is priceless.
- True Friends form around shared insight, interest, or taste, enjoying the common bond uniting them.
Any friendship that cannot laugh at itself isn’t real.
- True Friends accepts one another, loving each other despite their human imperfections.
Acceptance doesn’t mean that one approves of everything that his friends does; rather, it means that he accepts his friend as a human being.
- True Friends appreciate one another, encouraging, serving, and believing in one another’s gifts and talents.
A friend is someone who knows you as you are, understands where you have been, accepts who you have become, and still gently invites you to grow.
- True Friends listen with empathy, learning the hopes, dreams, fears, and struggles of each other.
Active listening requires discipline, allowing others to share. One of the biggest complements a person can give someone is to genuinely listen to him.
- True Friends celebrate one another’s success, proud of each other’s accomplishments without a hint of envy.
One should be the most enthusiastic cheerleader for a friend’s success, even when he is struggling personally.
- True Friends are trustworthy, maintaining all confidences shared with unimpeachable honor and self-respect, knowing gossip separates the best of friends.
In prosperity, our friends know us; in adversity, we know our friends.
- True Friends are loyal, respecting and depending one another’s character, reputation, and motives as far as truth allows while addressing any issues or concerns between them promptly and privately, ensuring misunderstanding never fester.
Next to truth is loyalty, which forms the glue that holds friendships together during the storms of life.
The best way to find a true friend is to be one by applying the 8 principles. If you have several true friends and don’t see the next day, then you are blessed.
A person’s real wealth isn’t his net worth but his relationships with God, his family and his friends.
Merry Christmas and a Prosperous / Healthy New Year.
I love you all.
Source: RESOLVED: 13 Resolutions for LIFE by Orrin Woodward