Friendliness is reaching out to others with warmth and caring. It is the willingness to be an intimate companion. Friendship is essential to our souls. We value ourselves enough to know that we deserve true companionship. We attract others by what we are willing to contribute. What we give we get. The presence of a friend can soothe us, unleash our laughter, amplify our joy and diminish our sorrow. Friends are compassionate witnesses to one another’s stories. We share our time, our attention, our love, and above all ourselves. We look upon strangers as friends we haven’t met yet. Friendliness is the best cure for loneliness.
In Family Life
In the family unit, friendliness is demonstrated through the genuine warmth and caring that family members extend to one another. It starts with a willingness to be intimate companions, forming deep and meaningful connections within the family. Friendliness within the family acknowledges the inherent value of each member, recognizing that they deserve true companionship and support.
Family members attract one another through their willingness to contribute positively to each other’s lives. They give their time, attention, love, and, most importantly, themselves, fostering an environment where mutual respect and empathy thrive. In this familial bond, the presence of a family member can soothe, bring laughter, amplify joy, and provide solace during times of sorrow.
Like friends, family members serve as compassionate witnesses to each other’s stories, sharing the highs and lows of life. This approach extends beyond the family, where family members often see strangers as potential friends they haven’t met yet, reinforcing the idea that friendliness is not limited to blood ties. In essence, friendliness in the family is the antidote to loneliness, creating a nurturing and loving atmosphere where every member feels valued, understood, and cherished.
“I don’t need a certain number of friends, just a number of friends I can be certain of.”
— Alice Walker
The Practice of Friendliness
- I make others feel welcome.
- I trust that I am worthy of companionship.
- I have compassionate curiosity.
- I take genuine interest in others.
- I share my laughter and my tears.
- I invest my time and attention in friendship.