“What is your definition of a friend?” I asked my friend today. He responded immediately ““The opposite of an enemy.”
A friend to me many times gives a listening ear. Someone I can bounce ideas and who I can confide in. Some that shares in my ups and downs of life.
I am an extrovert so I love to be around people. In fact, being around people re-energizes me. This is great because I’m studying to become a doctor and will inevitably be around many different types of people. I hope to be a “friendly” doctor to all. Even though many of my patients I may not be considered to be a friend I hope to gain his or her confidence and listen to them as a friend would. And like a friend help them to whatever degree and connect them with local resources available. A friend at times can also help give you that support as you endure a hardship or rejoice with you in victory.
I sometimes get random texts from people asking if I know someone that does ‘x-service’. For example, earlier this week a classmates & friend of mine, who is getting married soon, sent me a text message asking for musicians to play at the ceremony. A few names came to mind and after asking my musician friends to share their number (it is my policy to ask people if its okay to share their number because I expect to be asked if my number can be shared) I hooked up my classmate with the musicians. I am thankful for my broad network of friends (and I don’t mean ‘Facebook friends’) who have stuck by my side and continue to let me know that they care for me. When I was hospitalized at the beginning of this year I received many cards, text messages,flowers, calls, gifts, etc., from many of my friends. There were so many people that reached out to me and my family and showed their love and support for me. And would you believed it if I told you that I made more friends in the hospital? Yup, even when I’m sick and hospitalized I’m socializing, true story 🙂
A man that hath friends must shew himself friendly:
and there is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother. Proverbs 18:24