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The true meaning of friendship

Everyone has a different definition of the word “friendship” and what it means to have a good friend. Paramahansa Yogananda, yoga teacher, spiritual leader and founder of self-realization fellowship, said, “There is a magnet in your heart that will attract true friends. That magnet is unselfishness, thinking of others first … when you learn to live for others, they will live for you.”August is National Friendship Month so in celebration of the month, four Falconites were asked to share the most incredible thing that a friend has done for them. Here’s what they had to say.

Sarah Beam
I had a friend help me when I got hurt on the playground.

Jahna Badger
My mom died recently and my friend, Linda Culley, was there for me. She helped with the memorial service and she said I could call her day or night. It really meant a lot to me.

Lisa Goddard
The most incredible thing a friend has ever done for me is when she helped me through an emotional time in my life.

Vickie Blevins
When I was 17 years old, a doctor told me I had Lupus. I was engaged to my husband who was stationed in Germany at the time. And I told my friend, Ginger, I just didn’t know how I was going to tell him something like that over the phone. Soon after that, she showed up at my door with a ticket to Germany so I could go there and tell him in person. To this day, she still won’t let me pay her back.

Operation smileBy Angie MorlanPhoto courtesy of Eisenbraun PhotoJen and I have been friends for more than 30 years, before kindergarten. The first memory of our friendship is Jen teaching me to jump rope in her basement.Like most good friends, we’ve been through our share of good times and bad. During one of my down times, Jen was there for me. Eight years ago, we celebrated our 10-year high school class reunion, but I was not in the mood for celebrating. A few weeks prior to the reunion, I had lost my job. I was devastated and worried about facing my peers without a job.A few hours before the first reunion event, Jen called wanting to know what I would be wearing that evening. I snapped back that I didn’t care and felt fat and probably wouldn’t fit into anything. Her reply: “Go fat. I’m going fat. Everybody’s going fat.” I could tell she was trying to cheer me up, but I was determined to be miserable. Finally, she said she and her husband, Jon, would pick me up and we would all go together. I growled back with, “Fine! But if you’re going to pick me up, you better make me laugh.”When they arrived, Jen stepped out of the car – dressed in a full-length 1950s prom gown, complete with a matching purse. As she spun around in the driveway, the back revealed more than she wanted since she couldn’t close the zipper of the dress. But she didn’t care. “Well, you said I should do something to make you laugh.”Mission accomplished. I was laughing so hard I started to cry. Who else but a really great friend would make a complete fool of herself just to make me smile? Thanks, Jen, for making me laugh – then, now and always!

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