I don’t think some people understand the value of friendship. True friendship – The vault of wisdom and opinions. Friendship, the safe place. Friendship, the reciprocal river that flows up and downhill in search of the ocean that will receive it. Friendship is the heartbeat of most relationships. And no, I don’t just mean romantic relationships. Friendships create larger boundaries in which one can enjoy life. The wound from a friend can, and usually does, hurt worse than an attack from an enemy.
When you recognize someone as an “enemy”, then you expect an attack. Some level of negative discord, if nothing else, based on the interaction and discourse between enemies.
But a friend. Friends shouldn’t hurt you. Grow you, yes. Push you higher, yes. Remind you of your potential, and sometimes introduce you to situations where a perspective shift is purposeful, absolutely. But that intentional wounding from a FRIEND, that needs a deeper kind of healing.
Don’t let Facebook trick you into thinking every connection is a friend. Sometimes only time will reveal the cracks in a foundation you once thought to be solid. Yes, seasons come and go, but some friends are ROOTS, some are BRANCHES, and some blow in the wind as LEAVES.