What is friendship? Not an easy question to answer. Who is a friend? An easier question than the earlier one. I have asked this question many a time before and I have come up with many different answers.
A friend is one who you can meet years later and pick up the conversation exactly where you left off. A friend is one to whom you need not put on your plastic smile. A friend is one whom you can call on any time of the day. A friend is one in whose house you can wander in any time without being asked why you have come. The list goes on. I am sure we all have our own versions of our personal definition. More likely it would describe someone who is your best friend in some manner.
Given the Internet world of ours we can view friends as belonging to three broad categories. Typically an engineering approach to friends! Online friends, traditional friends and work friends. Finer sub classifications are possible. Google tried something called circles. All of us do have our own levels of friends. The innermost circle to the outermost circle. With whom would you share your grief is one way of defining the innermost circle.
Does a friend need to know all about you? Perhaps not. Some famous fictional friends that you may have come across – Damon and Pythias, Fred Flintstone and Barney Rubble. Would Tom & Jerry qualify I wonder.
An Arabian definition of friend – ” A friend is one to whom one may pour out all the contents of one’s heart, chaff and grain together, knowing that the gentlest of hands will take and sift it, keep what is worth keeping and with a breath of kindness blow the rest away.”
What is your definition?