J.D. and Turk, Betty and Wilma, Woody and Buzz, Harry and Ron, Ted and Marshall, Laverne and Shirley, Wayne and Garth, Chandler and Joey, Shawn and Gus, Lucy and Ethel, Jerry and George, Ron and Kim, Timon and Pumbaa, Bess and George, Phineas and Ferb, Cagney and Lacey, Copper and Todd.
I don't even think I need to ask at this point but... what do all these duos have in common? They are all best friends. (Great respect to you if you got all those, by the way.) They are honest with one another, they know each other even better than they know themselves, they spend time together, and they laugh together. They are always there for each other through thick and thin.
Although friendship shines in the light times it is truly proven in the dark times. For example, when Buzz was chosen to be tortured by Sid and Buzz wouldn't fight, Woody fought for him. He risked his life to put together a team to save his best friend. When Lily left Marshall, Ted was there to pick up the pieces. Pumbaa and Timon took Simba under their metaphorical wings. Friendship is often proven in hard times, like when you are facing a trial and a friend sticks with you or even sticks up for you.
Friends are really the family that you choose. You know the saying blood is thicker than water? Well, its meaning is often misconstrued. The whole phrase is the blood of the covenant is thick than the water of the womb. Friendship is a strong bond. Friends don't always last forever but some friends may be in our lives for our entire lives. We all need friends in our lives. They are infinitely valuable. Thomas Aquinas once said "there is nothing on this earth more to be prized than true friendship." In good times, friends help you celebrate when you get a promotion, have a child, get married, or get asked out and in hard times, true friends will be there when your pet dies, you get fired, your husband leaves you, or you don't get into the college of your dreams. Marlene Dietrich said “it's the friends you can call up at 4 a.m. that matter.”
Never be too busy for your friends. Life can get busy but friends make life more meaningful. Leave time for your friends - in the good and the bad times. I love what Jon Katz says: “I think if I've learned anything about friendship, it's to hang in, stay connected, fight for them, and let them fight for you. Don't walk away, don't be distracted, don't be too busy or tired, don't take them for granted. Friends are part of the glue that holds life and faith together. Powerful stuff.”
Its also important to always be open to making new friends. Step up and introduce yourself. That person may become your friend and they may just change your life. Life is too short to spend alone so strike up a conversation. Find out what you have in common. What do you have to lose?