I saw this a few weeks ago on my blog surfing and it has stuck with me ever since.
1-A simple friend, when visiting, acts like a guest.
A real friend opens your refrigerator and helps himself and doesn't feel even the least bit weird shutting your 'Pepsi drawer' with her foot!
2-A simple friend has never seen you cry.
A real friends’ shoulder is soggy from your tears.
3- A simple friend doesn't know your parents' first names.
A real friend has their phone numbers in his address book.
4- A simple friend brings a bottle of wine to your party.
A real friend comes early to help you cook and stays late to help you clean.
5- A simple friend hates it when you call after they've gone to bed.
A real friend asks you why you took so long to call.
6- A simple friend seeks to talk with you about your problems.
A real friend seeks to help you with your problems.
7- A simple friend wonders about your romantic history.
A real friend could blackmail you with it!
8- A simple friend thinks the friendship is over when you have an argument.
A real friend calls you after you had a fight.
9- A simple friend expects you to always be there for them.
A real friend expects to always be there for you!
10- A simple friend will bail you out of jail.
A real friend will be sitting next to you saying, “Man we sure screwed up this time.”
11- A simple friend will lend you money.
A real friend will give you his/her last dollar without asking why you need it.
12- A simple friend will tell you, your hair looks great, when you know it doesn’t.
A real friend will tell you, you look like crap, let’s go buy some dye and fix it.
13- A simple friend will ask if you’re okay.
A real friend will know when something’s wrong.
I have been very blessed in my life to have a few true friends. Simple friends are plentiful and they come and go. True friends are with you for life, no matter how far apart you may be. In my experience, simple friends are a lot of work. It always feels like you have to work to keep the friendship going. True friends are comfortable and natural.
May you have the blessing of a few true friends in your life.