Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Who Are Your Friends?

'Show me your friends and I will tell you who you are.' Undoubtedly, this adage is true and used as criterion to assert man's personality. As a matter of fact, the difference between an individual now and in future is ascertained by the company he or she keeps. What kind of company do you keep?

In our today's world, people make friends for different reasons and anticipate the best from this venture. Some may seek for happiness while others may seek for encouragement, information or intimacy, their friendship motive. Perhaps, people make friends for encouragement, ignoring support, information, ignoring reliability, intimacy, ignoring dedication. The lists are endless! It can be inferred that most peoples of the world are not really experiencing the completeness of friendship simply because they prioritize their 'what they want from the venture' at the expense of others. What is then completeness of friendship? The question can be rephrased as: what is true friendship?

Consider a complete building. A complete building typically comprises of an obviously not-seen foundation, concrete walls, roof tops, beams, pillars, louvers and other essential facilities. Imagine a building without louvers, pillars, roof tops or beams. What do you think will likely occur? The answer to the asked question is analogous to what happens when certain qualities of true friendship are absent. Again, what is true friendship?

Note that when making friends, ensure that the qualities of friendship are salient or exert your 'good' qualities to check or balance any discrepancies observed. True friendship is a foundation which is built on by reliability, intimacy, encouragement, 'noticeability', devotion/dedication, support, happiness and information. The foundation is made profound through the appreciation of stated qualities. Also, it is a vital tool necessary for improved network strategy and developmental plans in organizations.

Chimezie Ihekuna

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