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“It is easy to say how we love new friends, and what we think of them, but words can never trace out all the fibers that knit us to the old.” George Eliot

Motivation Mondays: Revisiting Friendship

Motivation Mondays: Revisiting Friendship

Did you know that yesterday was International Friendship Day at the UN? I decided it would be a terrific idea to revisit the subject of friendship, even though, I’ve written so much on the subject on this blog. Why does the topic fascinate me? Why does the subject intrigue you?  Friendships have held our attention for ages because they are one of the most precious relationships we will have in our lifetime. Some people hold their friends in higher esteem than they do family members because a true friend is a reservoir of the deepest secrets, and is often held up as an example of unequivocal Trust.  The gift of true friendship is a very special boon because it is not an easy relationship to form and it takes time, commitment, trust and sincerity to build.

Once we get clear about our friendships, we will notice that our true friends make time to talk with and encourage us. While most of us have many acquaintances we share fun times with, there is a clear distinction between our closest friends and our acquaintances.  My dad used to say that to have even 1-2 friends who stay true to us, lift us up when we are down and applaud our successes is a rare gem and a sign of great fortune.  We know we have a true friend when we can be vulnerable in their presence, be open about our struggles and share our foibles with that person and not feel judged. Today, let’s honor all the TRUE friends in our lives. Our family members are our first friends because they know us well and have watched us grow but, there are others who enter our lives and bring an eternal gift of friendship with them. You know who those people are. Cherish them and express your gratitude for having someone to share a lifeline together.

A Time to Talk By Robert Frost
When a friend calls to me from the road
And slows his horse to a meaning walk,
I don’t stand still and look around
On all the hills I haven’t hoed,
And shout from where I am, ‘What is it?’
No, not as there is a time to talk.
I thrust my hoe in the mellow ground,
Blade-end up and five feet tall,
And plod: I go up to the stone wall
For a friendly visit.
Source: via familyfriendlypoems

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“The language of friendship is not words but meanings.”  Henry David Thoreau

Motivation Mondays: Revisiting Friendship

Motivation Mondays: Revisiting Friendship

What about International Day of Friendship? Why does it matter? If we think about it carefully, it takes unity and friendship to keep nations at bay instead of fighting each other. International Friendship Day  was an initiative proposed by UNESCO and adopted by the General Assembly in 1997. The original impetus for this special day was to encourage a culture of peace around the world and, by 1999, the UN had adopted 8 areas of concern that remain in the forefront of international relations around the the globe. Every year, on July 30, the UN uses the opportunity to remind us of the power of friendship to heal, help and rebuild torn nations. We can use this opportunity to do some reconnecting and rebuilding in our lives too.

What are those 8 areas of concern? What do we need to remember when we think of friendship between nations and people? To build meaningful relationships between individuals and nations, we must remember: to foster a culture of peace through education; promote sustainable economic and social development; promote respect for all human rights; ensure equality between women and men; foster democratic participation; advance understanding, tolerance and solidarity; support participatory communication and the free flow of information and knowledge; AND promote international peace and security.  If we made a commitment to honor these areas of concerns in our neighborhoods and homes, we will be on the road to a more unified global community. The road to friendship begins with each step we take to connect with others.

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The details for Motivation Mondays are below. Join in! The themes for June/July 2017 are:



06/05  –  World Environment Day,  08 National Best Friend Day,  08 World Oceans Day
06/11 –  11  Trinity Sunday, 14 Flag Day
06/18 –  18 Father’s Day,  19 Juneteeth,  20 World Refugee Day,  21 Summer Solstice/International Yoga Day, 23 Intn’l  Widow’s Day, 24 Ramadan Ends
06/25 – 25  Eid al Fitr,  26 Against Drug Abuse Day,


07/04 –  Independence Day,
07/11 –  World Population Day, 14 Bastille Day
07/16 –  National Ice Cream Day, 18 Nelson Mandela Day
07/23 –  Parents Day,  28 World Hepatitis Day
07/30 – International Friendship Day


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“A tree is known by its fruit; a man by his deeds. A good deed is never lost; he who sows courtesy reaps friendship, and he who plants kindness gathers love.”  Saint Basil

Motivation Mondays: Revisiting Friendship

Motivation Mondays: Revisiting Friendship

Motivation Mondays: Revisiting Friendship

Motivation Mondays: Revisiting Friendship

What does Friendship mean to you? I’ve written a lot about the subject of friendship on this blog  and have shared some posts below and above.  I believe we thrive when we have friends; people who share in our sadness and joy, encourage and uplift us, and don’t mince words when we step out of line… All noble acts. Some of the qualities I cherish in my closest friendships are; being non-judgmental, fun, honesty, trustworthy, kindness, a good soul and … a good listener.  My friends have always added something to my life and,  when I am feeling great or perhaps a little down, I know they are nearby with comforting advice. That said, having friendships with others is wonderful but, the most important one is our friendship with ourselves. We must also remember to be friends to ourselves; self care is important too. Take care of you! How do you view friendship? What about you?

Friendship IXX by Khalil Gibran
And a youth said, “Speak to us of Friendship.”
Your friend is your needs answered.
He is your field which you sow with love and reap with thanksgiving.
And he is your board and your fireside.
For you come to him with your hunger, and you seek him for peace.
When your friend speaks his mind you fear not the “nay” in your own mind, nor do you withhold the “ay.”
And when he is silent your heart ceases not to listen to his heart;
For without words, in friendship, all thoughts, all desires, all expectations are born and shared, with joy that is unacclaimed.
When you part from your friend, you grieve not;
For that which you love most in him may be clearer in his absence, as the mountain to the climber is clearer from the plain.
And let there be no purpose in friendship save the deepening of the spirit.
For love that seeks aught but the disclosure of its own mystery is not love but a net cast forth: and only the unprofitable is caught.
And let your best be for your friend.
If he must know the ebb of your tide, let him know its flood also.
For what is your friend that you should seek him with hours to kill?
Seek him always with hours to live.
For it is his to fill your need, but not your emptiness.
And in the sweetness of friendship let there be laughter, and sharing of pleasures.
For in the dew of little things the heart finds its morning and is refreshed. via famouspoetsandpoems

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Have a Happy, Healthy 2017!





Positive Motivation Tip: To grow, we need to be a friend to ourselves and others


Motivation Mondays is open to anyone who wishes to share a motivational quote, photo, personal challenge or a post that encourages others to start the week on an upbeat note.
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PHOTO CREDITS/ATTRIBUTIONS: All Photos via Wikipedia  and/or  Friendship  via Pixabay


Until Next Time…
Ask. Believe. Receive. ©
Elizabeth Obih-Frank
Mirth and Motivation
Positive Kismet

157 Comments leave one →
  1. 31/07/2017 10:21 pm

    Your blog is always like a balm to me. Thank you x

    • 01/08/2017 2:04 am

      Dearest Julie! So good to see you. How are you? <3

      • 01/08/2017 4:03 am

        Struggling but okay!

      • 01/08/2017 11:12 am

        Gosh… so sorry dear one. Life is always filled with these curveballs and we do our best to tackle them. Sending hugs and love. I loved your recent post… so fresh and honest.

  2. acraftymix permalink
    01/08/2017 2:42 am

    What would we be without our friends? Your dad said a very wise thing Elizabeth, I have one friend who will always be there not matter what and I’m so grateful to have her in my life. Happy friendship day

  3. Sue Tanya McHorgh permalink
    01/08/2017 6:59 am

    Wow. Very deep. I agree that as you get older you become clear about your friendships. When I was younger life was fun, everything was simple and i called everyone my friend. I got older i learned the hard way that not everyone is a friend and when you have a good friend you should cherish them.

    • 01/08/2017 11:29 am

      Well said Sue… we learn much of this as we mature and reflect on our relationships. The good ones are worth saving and cherishing.

  4. 01/08/2017 7:21 am

    Hello sweet friend, I’m afraid I’ve been missing again, but for a nice reason this time. If ever I get time to blog you’ll understand. Hope all’s well in your world 😉

    • 01/08/2017 11:19 am

      Dear sister friend, I understand. 🙂 I don’t think I’ve done the topic of Friendship justice as yesterday was a hectic day and getting things done was hard… But yes, I understand the journey. Welcome back! <3

  5. Joanna permalink
    01/08/2017 7:52 am

    Friendship means a lot to me. I have moved to a new country and had to leave all my close friends behind. And I find it so hard here to make new friends, it feels that everyone already has their friends. It’s really important to take care of our friendships and keep our friends very close.

    • 01/08/2017 11:28 am

      I totally get your experience. When I moved here from the UK, I felt lost for a while and missed all my friends, many were childhood friends. It took time and it will for you too. Join things that you enjoy and that could be a venue. Something else, when I moved from NY to LA, I had a harder time making friends because I moved for work and it wasn’t easy to socialize that much… It was an eye opener too. <3

  6. happyhealthymotivated permalink
    01/08/2017 8:54 am

    I had absolutely no idea there even was an International Friendship Day! I totally know what you mean about true friends sticking with you. I’ve only got 1 friend who I still talk to from school and we were only at the same school together for 1 year. Weird how things work out!!

    • 01/08/2017 11:24 am

      One of my closest friends was an accidental meeting and our friendship has seen us through good and bad times. Yes, we learn that true friendship takes effort.

  7. Tanvi Rastogi (@Tanviidotcom) permalink
    01/08/2017 2:23 pm

    I have few friends, but the ones I do have are the best people out there. I love this quote: “The language of friendship is not words but meanings.” Henry David Thoreau

  8. ktmommyscene permalink
    01/08/2017 2:54 pm

    I love your photo collections. Friendship can come in so many forms. I’ve enjoyed watching my little ones become better friends.

  9. Jessica@HappilyHughes permalink
    01/08/2017 4:27 pm

    I am blessed to have a handful of close, true friends who are always there for me no matter what. There have been many times in my life where I don’t know how I would have endured were it not for these friendships.

  10. Emely Sofia Castro-Vega permalink
    01/08/2017 5:02 pm

    Your blog is always full of wisdom and beautiful advice.

  11. eliza permalink
    01/08/2017 5:50 pm

    Very inspiring.. now I miss my friends. Although as the saying goes “blood is thicker than water” – well I can say there are friends that has been more than a brother or sister or even a family to me. Thanks for this, as it brings some reflection to the reader.

  12. parentingpatch permalink
    01/08/2017 6:34 pm

    I had honestly never heard of International Friendship Day before. Funnily enough, my daughter just read about friends in her health book today during homeschool lessons!

  13. allynlewis permalink
    01/08/2017 6:59 pm

    What a beautiful post! Friendship is so important. It took me so many years to realize friendship didn’t mean having people to go out with or have on call, friendship is the people who understand when you need to disappear from the world for a little while. They’re the people who show up at your door when you’re having a rough day. The people who stick around even when you aren’t at your best!

  14. Samantha permalink
    01/08/2017 7:06 pm

    I love that opening quote. I have friends that I go very late periods of time without speaking to or seeing & when we reconnect, it’s like we never missed a beat.

  15. IG @CurlsAndACamera permalink
    01/08/2017 7:28 pm

    Great post. I was just thinking about friendship the other day and this post hits the nail on the head for me. I think a lot of people, including myself, confuse “friends” with “acquaintances”, and then we’re often confuse & disappointed when that acquaintance falls short. Usually this happens when we’re expecting friend behavior from someone who is, in fact, more of an acquaintance.

  16. Jason Panuelos permalink
    01/08/2017 8:20 pm

    I think it can sometimes be very difficult to connect with older friends. WHen you grow apart, you can physically feel it once you reunite. But it definitely doesn’t mean you shouldn’t try 😀

  17. kalliamanika permalink
    01/08/2017 8:31 pm

    Friendship is actually very important, when you don’t have people that will play you or mock you. But that is life, I guess… True friends are hard to come by, but when they do, they are really worth being celebrated on International Friendship Day. Hope you have true friends to celebrate that day with! Cheers!

  18. Amber Pittman | Wanderlust Conqueror permalink
    01/08/2017 10:17 pm

    Love the Robert Frost poem in here! It really speaks to the need of prioritizing your relationships over work. Without great friends, work can be unfulfilling. Thanks for the reminder. 🙂

  19. tumandok permalink
    01/08/2017 10:23 pm

    Friendship is what I’ve earned from being considerate, understanding, compassionate to others who are in need or neglected. I gained that virtue as exemplified by Jesus himself as unconditional kind of friendship. – Gil Camporazo

  20. Gaurav kumar permalink
    01/08/2017 10:43 pm

    Thee days it is hard to find a friend who is there for you always. Yet I am the lucky one that I have a friend that i can count in every situation.

  21. Corinne & Kirsty 🌸 (@corinnekirsty) permalink
    01/08/2017 11:40 pm

    Friendship is so important. You need people you can rely on besides your partner and family. Friends come and go but true friends stay no matter what

  22. arra odeza (@acodeza) permalink
    02/08/2017 12:38 am

    Since I moved out to another town away from my parents, I also got separated with my long time friends. Though I can always talk to them through social media, I always miss them. I didn’t know that there’s an International Friendship Day.

  23. Sondra Barker permalink
    02/08/2017 12:47 am

    Friendship is so important, sometimes friends can act as a family. One thing that’s important is remembering to always act as a good friend.

  24. Franc Ramon permalink
    02/08/2017 1:09 am

    Happy International Friendship Day! Friends are really treasures we have that can really make our life a lot more colorful.

  25. Jeenu Pillai permalink
    02/08/2017 3:09 am

    I cannot possibly imagine life without friends. We are a bunch of five. We are all busy with our lives and there are times when we don’t even meet for months because of our busy schedule. But when we meet it is like we never left. Thank you for sharing this beautiful post.

  26. Kelly Reci permalink
    02/08/2017 3:38 am

    I didn’t know that it was International Friendship Day! It’s time to greet my friends. Friendship is an important role in, our lives, it will build trust and love. I’m really glad that I had a small circle of true friends.

  27. Muna Kenny permalink
    02/08/2017 4:35 am

    Good friends are a gift from above and are hard to find, but sometimes one honest friend can take place of hundreds.

  28. Jhilmil permalink
    02/08/2017 5:40 am

    Happy Friendships day Elizabeth, truly friendships are the greatest gifts to be cherished throughout the life. I’m blessed with couple of true friends and I can easily say that I can be nothing without them.

  29. Jen S permalink
    02/08/2017 6:08 am

    This is a beautiful post! Good friends are so important and it’s always good to take some time to appreciate them 🙂

  30. 조이 Czjai (@RebelSweetHrt) permalink
    02/08/2017 6:10 am

    I love making new friends, but the friendships that I have forged in high school are what I would call the most solid of all. We don’t get to see each other very often, but we communicate regularly thanks to technology and make it a point to get-together especially during the holidays. 🙂

  31. interNATionalcaty permalink
    02/08/2017 7:05 am

    This is such a great post. Some friendship even begins to feel like family. At the same time, it takes effort to maintain the beautiful friendship

  32. Nicole V permalink
    02/08/2017 7:17 am

    I had no idea there was a day dedicated to friendship. This post was great! It reminded me of the very supportive friends that I have.

  33. Jasmine Gagarin permalink
    02/08/2017 7:18 am

    This makes me miss my Bestfriend right now. one of the realest relationships ever! As bestfriends, we have this special language that only we understand. I think That’s one of the wonders of friendships.

  34. linzandrews permalink
    02/08/2017 8:26 am

    OMG! I did not know there was such a thing as International Friendship Day, but now it is on my calendar for next year. Thanks for sharing.

  35. Keeping Up With Candy permalink
    02/08/2017 8:47 am

    I only have two female friends that I truly value. Of the ‘friends’ I’ve ever had, I only miss one of them. We didn’t fall out or anything. We just kinda grew apart and went our separate ways. I would love to rekindle the friendship but wouldn’t even know where to start.

    Happy International Friendship Day!

  36. nadaliebardo permalink
    02/08/2017 8:58 am

    Yay for friendship! I so appreciate the friends I have and this just makes me think about them. Also feel super blessed that a few of my besties are friends from elementary school

  37. 02/08/2017 9:03 am

    That is amazing. I do not think I have made new friends at this age. I prefer the old friends and that comfort level of not being judged.

  38. Denay DeGuzman permalink
    02/08/2017 9:35 am

    Your thoughtful post has me thinking about the ever-changing wheel of friendship. Friends come into our lives at various times, some friendships slowly dissipate over time, other friendships are renewed later in life, and brand new friendships bring the current phase of our lives into greater focus. When you water your friendships they’ll bloom!

  39. AnnMarie John permalink
    02/08/2017 10:02 am

    This reminds me of that quote, “No man is an island”. It’s simple but it definitely makes you understand how important relationships are, especially friendships. I love that we have a day like this to commemorate friendships that we’ve had throughout the years.

  40. Courtney Blacher permalink
    02/08/2017 10:31 am

    My favourite quote about friendship is: “Friends are family we choose.”

  41. Fatima permalink
    02/08/2017 10:39 am

    I didn’t actually know about the international friendship day but all I know is that my childhood friends are spread across the world so we don’t really get to meet now, and that makes me sad.

  42. Fred permalink
    02/08/2017 10:50 am

    Everyday is Friendship Day. We should be a friend to everyone we meet, spreading positivity. Always good to know that you have a friend to rely on during difficult times.

  43. RonRon permalink
    02/08/2017 12:44 pm

    FRIENDSHIP is what makes the world beautiful despite all the hatred and crime happening around us. Love what you said about the true meaning and value of FRIENDSHIP.

  44. travel blogger permalink
    02/08/2017 12:59 pm

    Friendship means something different to me at every stage in life, and now that I am older, I want to surround myself with friends that really care not just there for a good time. I have also realized having those friendships means time and hard work. You have to maintain those relationships and nurture them if you want them to grow with you.

  45. Amber permalink
    02/08/2017 1:22 pm

    I do have some friends, but for the most part I’m an introvert. I prefer to be on my own. But once in a while I do like to get out with the girls. It’s nice to know I have friends I can call up if I need anything.

  46. Victoria Stacey permalink
    02/08/2017 2:05 pm

    I’ve been thinking a lot about friendships. What they mean to me, what value they have. As I’m getting older I’m realizing I see them in a different way!

  47. Shawna permalink
    02/08/2017 2:13 pm

    The older that I have gotten, the more I have been able to weed out the “friendships” and actually attend to more the friendships that I love and love me. Friendship is nothing to be taken for granted. Thank you for this post! And btw, I love that quote at the top of this post!

  48. Nicole Anderson permalink
    02/08/2017 2:58 pm

    What a great initiative by the United Nations to adopt the declaration of a friendship day. I particularly like the 8 areas of concern they have highlighted which ring so true. The gift of friendship, whether between two people or between nations is certainly something to be treasured and valued.

  49. Victoria H Woods (@VHWoodsVA) permalink
    02/08/2017 3:41 pm

    I love this post. Friendship is so important. I wouldn’t be where I am today without mine. They’ve always been so supportive.

  50. Hey Sharonoox permalink
    02/08/2017 3:47 pm

    Agree with what your dad said about true friends. I’m always looking for quality friends than quantity because true friends are hard to find. Great post!

  51. Anne Yedlin permalink
    02/08/2017 5:40 pm

    Friendship is always important. Someone to talk to, to cry with and even fight with at times. I had no clue there was an International friendship day though, very cool!!

  52. Alicia permalink
    02/08/2017 7:29 pm

    I didn’t realize it was friendship day. Having a good friend or two you can count on is so important.

  53. 02/08/2017 7:47 pm

    Sadly, most of my best friends have moved all over the country, due to job changes. However, we have so much love and care between us because of our history and bonds. Though I miss our regular coffee dates, I’m blessed to have best friends to visit all around the country 🙂

    • 02/08/2017 9:13 pm

      My fiends are all around the world and I do miss them too. I have a few locally but one of my dearest friends is moving to Portugal next month.

  54. Rosey permalink
    02/08/2017 8:43 pm

    True friends are rare. I have three. Four if I can count family and include my mother. 🙂 I am blessed.

  55. aniahalama permalink
    03/08/2017 12:34 am

    Friendship is so important to me, I wan’t close with my family growing up so my friends were my everything. Now as an adult I meet new friends from all corners of the world and I cherish those. Happy International Freindship day <3

  56. Kristine Nicole Alessandra permalink
    03/08/2017 1:10 am

    This post made me tear up. Every since I left the corporate world, I have lost some friends.. My husband is sick, so I cannot leave the house for long periods of time. My best friends from college have moved to different states. We rarely see each other. I crave to have friends again. We have a reunion, my college batch, in February next year. I so want to go, but I cannot leave my husband alone in the house.

    • 03/08/2017 5:58 pm

      I’m so sorry to hear about your situation. It is not easy to care for a loved one and still make time for other relationships. Perhaps you can ask friends to Skype with you so you can catch up and reminisce. Keep it light and fun and try a different friend every week. Hope that helps.

  57. rhianwestbury permalink
    03/08/2017 2:08 am

    I had no idea that this existed but I think it’s great to look back on friendships and relive the good times x

  58. Michelle permalink
    03/08/2017 4:18 am

    I’ve always only had one to three friends, the rest are just acquaintances. But I can truly say they are my closest friends and someone I can count on. True friendship is really something to cherish.

  59. Katie Kinsley permalink
    03/08/2017 4:39 am

    I have always had so many random friendships, but most of them were what I needed at that point in my life. My true friend is my husband and my sister, who I confide in fully.

  60. hal permalink
    03/08/2017 6:02 am

    friendship…it can make or break you – for me i think there are a few levels..and you get to realise true friendship through different situations and experiences along the way

  61. Courtney Andrews permalink
    03/08/2017 6:24 am

    I wish I had known it was International Friendship Day. I always seem to miss these special holidays. I used to have many “friends” when I was younger but now I have two or three very close friends and I prefer it this way 🙂

  62. Shevoneese permalink
    03/08/2017 6:41 am

    I love this quote, “The language of friendship is not words but meanings.” True friends are hard to come by and worth holding on to. Over the years I have lost many friends I thought true but as the famous phrase says, some are for a reason and some for a season.

  63. Razena permalink
    03/08/2017 9:08 am

    I read this and am going to spend this evening thinking about how many people in my life I would be vulnerable with, talk about my own struggles and share my insecurities with. The list is not long and I will definitely be more appreciate of them.

  64. Carol Cassara permalink
    03/08/2017 9:55 am

    Friends are important to me and I think it’s amazing that we get to celebrate that kind of relationship. It’s good to have people with you as you go through the challenges of life. This post made me miss my friends!

  65. 03/08/2017 12:32 pm

    I feel like friendships between kids are so much more pure than friendships between adults. With kids, there’s no strings attached and it’s pure love.

  66. Ronnie Epsi permalink
    03/08/2017 2:45 pm

    My best friend is more a sister to me than a friend. I had no idea it was Friendship Day but it sure gave me an excuse to write her an email to show her some appreciation.

  67. Rebecca Swenor permalink
    03/08/2017 4:57 pm

    Happy International Friendship Day. Friendship to me is when both parties can get along and compromise when need. This goes for nations and people. Thanks for sharing the information.

  68. angrisk permalink
    03/08/2017 9:07 pm

    Happy International Friendship Day! I love the pictures in this post showing how friendship works. Love it

  69. Sondra Barker permalink
    03/08/2017 10:26 pm

    Friend are the siblings we wish we had sometimes. Friendships that last can be hard to find,but they are so worth it in the end.

  70. Kristine Nicole Alessandra permalink
    03/08/2017 10:45 pm

    It is great to have a friend, a true one who lives nearby. I only have a handful and we rarely see each other. But we still stay connected through social media. I will send them a message and let them know how much I treasure their friendship.

  71. Melanie Walsh permalink
    03/08/2017 11:18 pm

    I feel so fortunate that my group of friends has remained strong throughout our lives. We grew up together and now get to raise our children together.

  72. Bhushavali permalink
    04/08/2017 3:07 am

    Very true! My school friends are still my best friends! Though many others come and go, they know me the best!

  73. abccooper17 permalink
    04/08/2017 3:35 am

    I had no idea that it was recently International Friendship day! What a great reminder to cherish all these relationships in our life. I realize as an adult that friendship comes in so many different forms and it’s really been interesting to watching these relationships evolve over the years.

  74. toastycritic permalink
    04/08/2017 10:12 am

    It’s definitely cool trying to build bridges by creating friendships with different people. I do think that we have lost some of the art of being a good friend and I think it’s important to reach out to someone new and build new friendships as well as maintaining the ones you have.

  75. Amber Pittman | Wanderlust Conqueror permalink
    04/08/2017 12:25 pm

    True friendship is so very rare. I have a very small circle of people I consider actual friends. Would do anything for them! 🙂

  76. Hellocuppies permalink
    04/08/2017 12:58 pm

    Ahhh now I’m thinking about my friends and what I love the most about them. I think my closest friends are the ones who just get me. The ones who are on the same wavelength and provide total honesty and loyalty. I’m a huge fan of the ‘quality not quantity’ saying too.

  77. fashionmommywm permalink
    04/08/2017 2:27 pm

    I love the images that you used to illustrate friendship. it shows that friendship can come in many different shapes and guises.

  78. Angela Ricardo Bethea permalink
    04/08/2017 3:17 pm

    Friendship is absolutely beautiful … and we are fortunate to have someone we can actually call our friends. I truly believe it not only makes us grow but also helps us be who we are supposed to be.

  79. Kait permalink
    04/08/2017 4:59 pm

    This is so moving! My friendships have evolved so much over time, and I have learned to care for those that truly care for me. It has helped me create a circle of such supportive people.

  80. Blanca Val permalink
    04/08/2017 9:54 pm

    I had no idea that it was international friendship day. What a lovely way to remember those people who became family merely through their actions

  81. buddy permalink
    04/08/2017 10:43 pm

    Nothing can define friendship this is a good gesture happy friendship day

  82. ktmommyscene permalink
    04/08/2017 11:31 pm

    Friends are such blessings to share life with, especially when going into new stages of life and experiencing challenges and successes. I’m thankful for the friends God has blessed me with.

  83. Jennifer L permalink
    05/08/2017 12:08 am

    Just love the this weeks motivational monday. It’s so prevalent as we live in times where we aren’t always harnessing friendship both near us and internationally. But it really is about creating a peaceful, harmonious friendship and bond with each other and globally.

  84. 05/08/2017 12:55 am

    This is so moving. My friends are such a blessing in my life. Your father was right, that having 1-2 close friends really makes life richer. I am so lucky that I got blessed in life with the friends that I have, because they help me through everything, and I do my very best to do the same.

    Since moving to Sweden, I actually have made friends from more than just Sweden. One of my closest friends is from Trinidad and Tobago. It is such an awesome feeling being able to talk with her about her culture, and gain an understanding of a different part of the world. We also compare things from back home, and how we adjusted to living in Sweden. I am so thankful that I was given the path in life that I have been to meet her.

    Friendship is an amazing thing, and I am so blessed in this area of my life. You have summed up beautifully how important it is! Thank you for sharing this!

    • 05/08/2017 7:19 pm

      Hi K, I’m glad you connected with a kindred soul in Sweden. It is one of my favorite countries and one of my dearest friends is from Stockholm. I visited her and her family a few years ago. Supportive friendships are a great blessing.

  85. Pammy permalink
    05/08/2017 11:21 am

    Very inspiring post! Friendship is so important to me too and it’s something I truly treasure. One of the things that I am thankful for in my life.

  86. jay permalink
    05/08/2017 12:11 pm

    I love to make friends but my friends from high school will always be there for me. My friends are my family and always will be.

  87. Lisa Rios permalink
    05/08/2017 4:12 pm

    Friendship is definitely important and is one of my priorities in life. This post reminded me of a friend that I love, he understands me and is there for me, and I really cherish that relationship.

  88. Sylvia permalink
    05/08/2017 4:27 pm

    I never knew that there was an international friendship day. Friendship is important in our everyday lives and for the stability of the world. Hopefully our world leaders can nurture their relationships and keep us safe.

  89. Ashley R Grant permalink
    05/08/2017 10:02 pm

    I have always struggled with making true friendships. I don’t know if it’s something that is a mindset issue or what, but I have a difficult time getting close to others. I long for true friends, but my guard is always up. Definitely something I need to work on!

  90. London Mumma permalink
    05/08/2017 10:24 pm

    Friendship is a powerful thing and you are quite right, it can be stronger than a family bond. But true friendship lasts forever and fakes only for a shot period of time. But, at times it can be hard to spot the two.

  91. kristal permalink
    06/08/2017 12:40 am

    I am always interested in knowing fun days that are not on a normal calendar. I love all my close friends.

  92. KuminKueche permalink
    06/08/2017 1:46 am

    Friendship means a lot to me, and to everyone I suppose!! Your dad was a wise man!! As you get older, you get to know who is truly your friend!! Life without friends means nothing!! very deep post!! Thanks for sharing!!

  93. Aditi permalink
    06/08/2017 2:25 pm

    What a fantastic post on friendship! Your opening quote and the poem choice is also brilliant In today’s fast paced world, I will be sharing this on our Free career networking platform for WomeninCareers!

  94. Dreammerin permalink
    06/08/2017 3:06 pm

    That’s really a wonderful post! Really like it !! Hope you’re having a wonderful weekend dear!!

  95. Ana Ojha permalink
    06/08/2017 5:16 pm

    Friendship is a most beautiful thing in our lives. True friends are priceless. I’m thankful that I have got some amazing friends in my life!

  96. cre8tone kylie permalink
    06/08/2017 8:03 pm

    Friendship is the treasure of life that one really have… We don’t need many fake friends, but just one true friend is sufficient to keep our heart warm always… Lovely!

  97. Kristen from The Road to Domestication permalink
    06/08/2017 9:56 pm

    I should have known there was an international day of friendship. I sure do treasure mine!

  98. megnovo permalink
    07/08/2017 1:39 am

    I will agree with you on how true friends take out time and try to be there for you. However I do believe friendships have changed a bit due to this social media era. Their were times when interaction was much more personal and intimate than nowdays. Friends used to hang out, call each other in happiness and sorrow but now I think that has been limited to facebook posts and likes.

  99. theshugrheds permalink
    07/08/2017 9:33 am

    Hi – lovely article! I agree with cre8tone. One true friend is better than many “fake” friends. The ones that stay through thick and thin!

  100. Rosie D permalink
    07/08/2017 7:08 pm

    Great post! Friendship is one topic that I bring up to my two daughters. We talk about what it means to be a good friend, how not to be influenced or dragged into drama, and most importantly not to exclude others.

  101. alisonrost permalink
    08/08/2017 10:46 pm

    I’m always envious of people who are able to maintain life long friendships and think it truly takes two very special people. I’ve had a friend who has floated in and out of my life for the past 25(!) years. Lately, she’s floated out. A permanent change in her life that I’ve had to accept. She’s still the same on the inside, or at least, I think she is. But her life looks different, and her words sound different, and it’s just that sometimes people change the very things you once loved about them the most. x

  102. Claire Santiago permalink
    10/08/2017 4:51 am

    I missed all the friends from long ago, especially those who are and were with me during the high and low times of my life. Thanks to International Friendship Day, we have even a day to reminisce friendship.

  103. Aditi permalink
    10/08/2017 6:52 am

    Such a wonderful and motivating post. Friendship is indeed a very precious gift to mankind, true friends are actually your saviors, when you are juggling to balance the curveballs of life.

  104. Megan permalink
    14/08/2017 2:45 pm

    True friends truly are like family that you get to pick. I don’t know what I would do without them!

  105. DrKLeeBanks permalink
    26/10/2017 9:29 pm

    I cherish my friendships, especially with those who are more like family. I am blessed to have one such wonderful friend and we always refer to each other as a sister-friend. We’ve known each other most of our lives, since we were young girls in Sunday school together.

    She came from a home with an alcoholic abusive father, so she spent more time at our home than her own. In fact, she lived with us during her final high school year and got married right after graduation (and they are still married today, 42 years later!) She loved my parents – especially my Dad, as he treated her right and accepted her as if she was one of his own daughters.

    Today, even though we live in different states, we still keep in touch and when we do talk or visit — we can pick up the conversation as if it was “yesterday” instead of years ago!

  106. Gladys S Parker (@momtograndma) permalink
    03/11/2017 4:09 pm

    I absolutely love those photos. They not only show our friendships but those of other countries. I think International Friendship Day is very necessary to not only keep our countries connected but also to remember it each year so that those thoughts don’t get left by the wayside. Without country friendships we could not work together on other issues such as clean water for all, just to name one.


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