True friends are a treasure. They are also relatively rare. If you find just one or two in your lifetime, you are truly blessed.
Thinking about the handful of true friends I do have, I am extremely grateful for them. These are the people you know will not talk about you behind your back, or, worst case scenario, secretly plot your destruction. They stick by your side in good times and in bad. They are happy when things are going well for you, and sad when troubles arise. They enjoy spending time with you and will go out of their way to do so. (You do the same for them.)
No matter what happens, you know they're in your corner. They don't make cutting remarks to your face. They aren't envious of what you have, and they're not scheming to take it away from you.
True friends are loyal. They are not swayed by a hostile third party, whom wants them to leave your side. They simply will not take the bait, even if it means a measure of sacrifice, or forgoing some type of personal gain. They'd much prefer to not hurt their friend.
These characteristics are the opposite of malignant narcissism, which so many of us have experienced.
Actually, at this point in my life, I'd prefer to have no friends if I can't have true friends.
A loyal friend is something beyond price, there is no measuring his worth.
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