“Unfortunate is he who cannot gain a few sincere friends during his life & more unfortunate is the one who has gained them and then lost them (through his deeds).” – Imam Ali
I smiled when they asked: “What’s the most important lesson you’ve learned from the person you’re the closest to?” because within the last couple of days I met up with some of my dearest + truest friends who taught me how to be a better friend myself. You know the kind who:
Make you feel blessed all over again for having them in your life.
Bring out the best in you.
Might not be able to speak to you for months but when you meet everything is the same.
Don’t raise their eye-brows when they learn something crazy about you.
Are willing to listen even if your story has several stories in it.
Don’t interrupt you when you are talking.
Give the best advice possible.
As we grow older, at some point in our lives we realize who really matters, who never did, and who always will. As far as best of friends are concerned, it doesn’t matter for how long you’ve known them for. What’s important is who you found present for you in the most turbulent time of yours.
As Imam Ali said: “A friend cannot be considered a friend unless he is tested on three occasions: in time of need, behind your back and after your death.”