Treat your friends as you do your pictures, and place them in their best light.
– Jenny Churchill
It is not so much our friends’ help that helps us, it is the confidence of their help.
The most I can do for my friend is simply be his friend.
– Henry David Thoreau
Romantic love has the tendency to quickly burn out, but platonic love for friends lasts forever. When I look at those whom I love, I think about the qualities which they possess. I remember those times that my friends have carried me through and gotten me out of truly bad situations. I love those friends a lot more than merely for the romantic love and marriage that Valentine’s Day represents.
Every day is special, and each friend and loved one is important. If each day were set aside for candy and gifts, we would reach the poorhouse very quickly. Each day should be set aside for showing the gratitude and delight for having those friends and loved ones around. The gifts that your friends and loved ones give you on the other days of the year are just as important as any given on Valentine’s Day.
Take a Moment…
To think about your friends and what you can do to show your kindness, love, and respect to them. Be warmed by the thought that they will be there for you, just as you are for them.
It takes a long time to grow an old friend.
– John Leonard
Be a friend to thyself, and others will be so too.
– Thomas Fuller
Am I not destroying my enemies when I make friends of them?
– Abraham Lincoln
One of the things that I used to do is seek out those people with whom my friends didn’t get along. I would talk with the ostracized person (without revealing secrets) and discover the reasons why my friends didn’t like the person. Most of the time, the reasons were quite obvious, but there were the few occasions where I didn’t understand why they weren’t liked. In some instances, this person would become valuable to me with their friendship. In others, my friends’ skepticism was well deserved, but I made the decision for myself.
I don’t do this so much now because I do not have a broad circle of friends. It’s tight knit, and I know the pros and cons of each person within the social group. When you take a moment to look at your enemies, have you also looked at the reason why they’re your enemies? Is it because of affiliation or a character trait that they have? Contemplate the friends which you have made out of enemies. Are you more enriched?
Today in History via Wikipedia
2000 – The last original “Peanuts” comic strip appears in newspapers one day after Charles M. Schulz dies.
2001 – An earthquake measuring 6.6 on the Richter Scale hits El Salvador, killing at least 400.
2004 – The Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics announces the discovery of the universe’s largest known diamond, white dwarf star BPM 37093. Astronomers named this star “Lucy” after The Beatles’ song “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds”.
2007 – Taiwan opposition leader Ma Ying-jeou resigns as the chairman of the Kuomintang party after being indicted by the Taiwan High Prosecutors Office on charges of embezzlement during his tenure as the mayor of Taipei; Ma also announces his candidacy for the 2008 presidential election.
2008 – Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd makes a historic apology to the Indigenous Australians and the Stolen Generations.
2009 – At 23:31:30 UTC the Unix system time (time_t) number reaches 1234567890 seconds.
2010 – A bomb explodes in the city of Pune, Maharashtra, India, killing 17 and injuring 60 more.
2011 – For the first time in more than 100 years the Umatilla, an American Indian tribe, were able to hunt and harvest a bison just outside Yellowstone National Park, restoring a centuries-old tradition guaranteed by a treaty signed in 1855.
The road to a friend’s house is never long.
– Danish Proverb
The best time to make friends is before you need them.
– Ethel Barrymore
A hug is like a boomerang – you get it back right away.
– Bil Keane
I love making new friends, but that part is easy. Keeping them and maintaining the relationships can be very difficult. It requires that you take the time and effort to keep track of them and show interest in their lives. We spend quite a lot of our time pursuing our own goals and interests that there’s often some difficulty in paying attention to other people.
Friendships are worth it, though. A great friendship can bring everything to the playing field, including money, resources, encouragement, and more. Take the time to cultivate great relationships, and you will be rewarded millionfold.
Today in History (via Wikipedia):
1992 – The current Constitution of Mongolia comes into effect.
1994 – Four men break into the National Gallery of Norway and steal Edward Munch’s iconic painting The Scream.
1999 – President Bill Clinton is acquitted by the United States Senate in his impeachment trial.
2001 – NEAR Shoemaker spacecraft touchdown in the “saddle” region of 433 Eros becoming the first spacecraft to land on an asteroid.
2002 – The trial of former President of Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Slobodan Milošević begins at the United Nations war crimes tribunal in The Hague. He dies four years later before its conclusion.
2002 – An Iran Air Tours Tupolev Tu-154 crashes in the mountains outside Khorramabad, Iran while descending for a landing at Khorramabad Airport, killing 119.
2004 – The city of San Francisco, California begins issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples in response to a directive from Mayor Gavin Newsom.
2009 – Colgan Air Flight 3407 crashes into a house in Clarence Center, New York while on approach to Buffalo-Niagara International Airport, killing all on board and one on the ground.