Inspirations by Janet: Friendship
By Janet Izzo
“The only way to have a friend is to be one.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
George Eliot said, “The most delightful friendships are those in which there is much agreement, much disputation and yet more personal liking.” So why do we sometimes fall into the pattern of thinking that we must always agree with our friends? Is it really possible to like a person if they don’t think exactly like we do? I say it is.
Friendship, however, is a two way street. Both people must be willing to give of themselves when it comes to communicating. Both must be ready to reach out to the other. The friendship cannot be maintained when only one of the parties is willing to make the call.
Sadly, we have probably all experienced it. People we thought (and hoped) to have a relationship with have let us down in one way or another. They probably never heard of Ralph Waldo Emerson’s famous quote. Then again, maybe some friendships were just not meant to be.
But life goes on, doesn’t it? We pick up the pieces (somehow) and move forward. Hopefully we learn from those sad situations and because of them, become a better friend ourselves…to those people who really count in our lives.
Our challenge is to decide which friendships are important to us and to make an honest effort to nourish them. After all, the only way to have a friend is to be one. Every mother knows that!
About the Author
Janet Izzo is a registered nurse in the state of Minnesota and a member of the Minnesota Nurses Association. She is an inspirational speaker and author of “Hotel Hennepin,” which chronicles her experiences working in a large county hospital in the heart of Minneapolis. The stories Janet relates in “Hotel Hennepin” are poignant, sad and hysterically funny, but all are amazingly true! She is passionate about the nursing profession, and she now speaks to nurses and nursing students across the nation on the topic “Nurses Can Make the Difference.”