What is it that distinguishes friendships from the relationships we have with family, lovers, co-workers? What makes friendship so precious is that this is a bond we freely choose, or that happens to us for no particular reason. Friendship is exempt from emotional, legal and financial obligations and exists just for the fun of it—through thick and thin, without moralizing or judging, with plenty of solace and forgiveness. The charm is there’s no purpose except the intense enjoyment of being and talking together.
Aristotle said, “What is a friend? A single soul dwelling in two bodies.” Kindred spirits from different backgrounds and ages, across distant places and decades. The connection of friends, once sparked, endures long absences and even neglect, to ignite immediate delight again and again.
And so, as life accelerates and families disburse, as we become weighed down with the demands of daily life, we must remember the unique way in which friendship nourishes our lives. My wish for you in 2017 is to carve out time for idle moments of pleasure with those friends you have come to cherish as a second self.
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