Friendship Responsibilities

                                                                                                Making a friend takes a moment...
                                                                                                    being a friend takes a lifetime.

Our Responsibilities as a FRIEND are: 

·         You accept them for who they are rather than judge them.
·         You express your feelings and encourage them to do likewise.
·         You take responsibility for your feelings and never lay guilt trips on them for how you feel.
·         You show empathy, compassion and understanding for their feelings.
·         You are sensitive to their feelings and needs.
·         You do not blame them or attack them causing them to feel defensive or to counter attack.
·         You do not advise them or tell them what to do, as this will foster dependancy and rob them of their chance to grow as an individual and may  possibly foster resentment later on.
·         You are honest with them, even when you have to say something unpleasant for them because you want to respect them enough to honor them with the truth and you want them to grow through awareness.  You do this because you trust them to manage their own responses.
·         When you express concerns you express them as statements of your feelings, not their character.
·         You share your time doing fun things together.

A true friend is someone who helps you reach your highest potential.   Someone who helps you be the best you can be.