"A true friend is the greatest of life's assets that will come your way. Never underestimate their value in your life and the part they play in your overall sense of wellbeing and happiness.
A true friend will never abandon you in a storm nor shelter from your upset, for friendship is to understand as it is to be understood. Not everyone can be a true friend. This relationship can only be enjoyed by those who are great of heart, for the mean and cowardly will never know.
True friends will never conceal what one truly thinks. Knowing and understanding what makes your heart tick and excites or pains you, they will be prepared to tell you in a matter of moments what is the matter with you, though they may not always seem so good a friend after the telling.
True friendship is no easy thing to understand as only a true friend has the courage to tell you when to talk, shut up or listen. True friendship needs not idle words of platitudes and false praise to keep it going. Its language is not words, but understanding and its presence is more recognisable when the silence between two people is comfortable and their sounds more meaningful.
Though I may be strong, I will be stronger by having a true friend by my side when I am cold and cheerless, knowing that they will hug me and share their coat without my request for such. I don't need a friend to falsely flatter or fawn my affection. I don't need a carbon copy of me to reinforce my substance of being; by doing what I do whenever I choose to do it: my shadow does that well enough.
What I need in a true friend is all you are when you are at your best." William Forde: January 20th, 2015.