I never fully understood the true meaning of friendship and more importantly, my responsibility to it until I became a student of Marianne Williamson (http://marianne.com) and her teaching of the Course of Miracles. It was within this teaching that I realized that the most important thing about friendship was how we interact day to day with those around us. The Course teaches that whether you meet someone waiting in line at a restaurant or on airplane, the synchronicity of each encounter has been sent to us at that moment, is a blessing and a gift.
If you see each person you meet today as a soul versus a physical being. Investing time and words with each person you encounter, opens your heart and moves you toward them instead of around them. Don’t just move in the world isolated by redundancy. Interact with those around you. Say hello, offer a kind word or gesture. Be friendly to everyone, as each is worthy of your time and love.
I am now certain that each person comes into this world blessed with a different appearance and personality that may be much different from my own. I try to keep this in mind so that I do not become deceived by physical beauty or other differences. I am reminded that true beauty is not always found only on the outside, true beauty is found from within. Being open and non-judgmental when embracing others helps us to find true friendship, that is not limited by age, color, race, and gender. True friendship is boundless and inclusive.
Each day, my inner voice reminds me to make others happy through positive words of encouragement, to celebrate with them during good fortune and to give real support during rough times. These actions contribute to the divinity of a friendship that is deeply rooted in service to others which should be unconditional and of course, eternal.
Through this journey, I have learned that true friendship is unconditional, pure and true. Ultimately, we should ask the question, “what if God is in all of us?”
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