There is deep value in friendship. Real friendship is one of the best activities in the world. I say it’s an activity, because friendship has to contain a genuine love for another person, which takes action (love is a verb). A genuine interest in another person. There is no demand and often no major complaints between two friends. At the end of the day, they remain friends because they want to, not because they have to. Friendship is sometimes compared to love and, for the most part, I think it is. There is NOT a lot of  other dramatic stuff to go with real friendship. Lifelong friends are built together on listening, trust, care and kindness, understanding, and commonality. Friendship is one of the easiest things to maintain  regardless of distance, and one of the most difficult to destroy. Why? Because people that are friends just choose to be in that emotional place together. It’s taking action to maintain the friendship together. Having a friend is not just Facebook “likes,” or a two line text. Caring takes effort, reaching out, maintenance and continuity. The toughest part about friendships is that it takes investing real time into another individual. You have to step outside of yourself to be a good friend.

Do it now, call a friend, write a letter, tell them you love them… Mission accomplished.