Making friends for a lot of us comes naturally, but maintaining these friendships may become somewhat difficult. This is because true friendship cannot survive without these three aspects: Love, Respect and Honesty. If any of these aspects are lacking in the friendship, it will slowly disintegrate. True friendship needs equal shares of love, respect and honesty. Therefore, to maintain true friendship, you need the whole package, just not apart of it. Love is naturally apart of any relationship. In a friendship, love can mean so many things.
It means being there when your friend needs you, no matter what the circumstances maybe. It means listening to your friend’s problems and giving them advice to help them out when they are not sure what to do. Or love can just mean giving your friend a hug to show them how much you care. When each friend feels this love, they feel respected. Love ties in to respect, which is another important part of true friendship. Respect in a friendship is just not given, it’s earned. Friends usually earn this respect by showing how much they love and care for eachother.
But respect is also giving eachother personal space and knowing when to back off if they invaded in that space. Also respecting eachothers opinions, even though they might not be the same as yours. Standing behind your friend when they are facing a problem caused by another person or situation also shows respect for eachother. When each person in the friendship feels loved and respected, they feel that the can trust eachother and that’s where honesty comes into the picture. Honesty is a fragile aspect of true friendship.
It can easily make or break a relationship. Honesty means to be yourself, do not pretend to be someone else. Your friend will love you for who you are. Don’t keep secrets that could destroy your friendship, if they ever came to surface. Tell your friend the secret as soon as you can and they will respect you even more for being so honest. The biggest part of honesty is betrayal. Never betray your friend by talking behind their backs because once you say something, even if you don’t mean it, you can never take it back.
In conclusion, one could realize that it takes not one, not two, but the three aspects that we just covered to maintain true friendship. Love, Respect and Honesty all tie into one making a beautiful relation called friendship. If you and your friend maintain these three aspects you should have complete insurance of a healthy true friendship. As I come to the end of my essay, I will leave you with one of my favorite quotes.