This I Believe

Allison - Cooper City, Florida
Entered on October 10, 2006

The Power of Friendship

I believe in the power of friendship. Personally, support, insight, and contentment, are greatly related to friendship. For me, friendship eliminates insecurity, and I feel the strongest when the people around me provide me with support. Support can vary from a “Happy Birthday” card, to a hug when I’m upset, or even to telling me a good joke.

My friends give me insight when I feel stressed, out of control, or when I am just having a rough time. Additionally, friendship provides me with perspective, and helps me realize things I might have overlooked, such as, “Hey, one bad grade is not the end of the world,” or “You’ll definitely do better next time around.”

Happiness, as well, comes from companionship. For my friends to be able to cheer me up when I am truly upset is one of the many miracles of friendship.

I began to realize the full influence of the concept about two weeks prior to writing this essay, at temple. When a single mother addressed my congregation, I understood how important friendship truly is. It began to occur to me that friendship isn’t only valuable to people my age, but also to people of various different age groups.

The woman speaking had been diagnosed with breast cancer, which my family and I can relate to. In addition, she had begun facing further challenges at home, concerning her health, and with taking care of her daughter.

As I listened further to her story, she began discussing how the support of the members of my Temple, her friends, had provided her with indescribable amounts of help. They had given her daughter free transportation, a place to stay after school with freshly prepared food, and had sent her various wishes for a healthy recovery.

Overall, friendship had given her emotional support, aided her with the care of her daughter, and lastly, had given her great personal contentment. I soon understood the full influence of friendship, and that it is not only powerfully given, but also widely and meaningfully received, no matter what the age of the recipient.

People around the world, including myself, experience the power of friendship daily. Like me, they receive support, perception, and gratification from their friends. I think that friendship is necessary in life, and in a person’s individual affairs.