Ahhh, friends. I hope you're blessed with the best friend in the whole world. I know I am. It's through friendship we grow, are challenged, and see the best and worst of ourselves. Friendships are forgiving. At their core, friendships are two imperfect people having a relationship. Feelings are going to be hurt (on accident). Toes are going to be stepped on (on accident). Lines are going to be crossed (on accident). Tears will be shed (as a result).
How quickly and easily are you able to forgive your friend for being human in your relationship with them? Maybe this question is best asked, "How quickly do you want your friend to forgive you when you make a mistake, or unknowingly hurt their feelings?"
Too often we can hold our friends at a higher standard of performance than which we hold ourselves. I'm guilty of this too. Forgiveness is freeing and we need to remember to forgive, because we've been forgiven as well.
Thanks for reading, please check back Thursday & Friday as we cover more healthy friendship characteristics.
Written by: Tamara Portee MA, LMHC, LCAC
*Tamara enjoys doing marriage counseling, individual counseling, & couples counseling at Imagine Hope. We also specialize in family counseling, child & adolescent counseling. Imagine Hope serves the Indianapolis area, including the surrounding areas of Carmel, Noblesville, Zionsville, Westfield & Fishers.