Do we both feel safe enough to be who we really are, without pretense or deceit, in each other’s company?
Do we respect the freedom and sovereignty of the other as passionately as we cherish and assert our own?
Are we willing to give to each other without expectation of reciprocity?
Are we brave enough, and do we care enough, to say what needs to be said, no matter how uncomfortable and risky that conversation might be?
Are we secure enough to celebrate each other’s successes, to be able to touch and go without jealousy?
Can we be trusted with each other’s secrets, thus giving the wounds hidden there a chance to heal and the hopes and dreams contained therein a chance to blossom?
And when our imperfections collide and cause each other pain, can we go beyond apology and forgiveness to compassionate understanding and mutual growth?
If both you and I can answer yes to all the above, then we have the humility, courage, and love it takes to be true friends.
Friendship… among the rarest and most precious treasures in all the universe.