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“Hi, how are you?”
For those who continue to check up on you in real life or online, cherish them a lot. I made a big mistake that ended my friendship with others because of a simple argument, and I realized how much I messed up. My ultimate goal now is to reconcile with them. They may not be in a good mood right now, but I hope that someday they will understand where I was coming from. I’ve been feeling really emotional lately, and I’m still struggling with it. I think God is still working on my bitter heart and lack of self-control. I want you to know that you have the power to break that pattern of not having your care for loved ones reciprocated.
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I wrote this as a reminder to myself and to you as well: never ever let a friendship go to waste, whether it was built online or in person. I’m so grateful to them for what I’ve learned. There were times when we argued, but they were still trying to understand, and it was my fault for cutting off communication and unfriending them on social media without giving it a chance. If I could go back to that situation, I would choose self-control and handle arguments with love and care. But it’s in the past now, and I’ve accepted that there are consequences.
So, what did I learn from this situation?
Never underestimate the value of an online friendship, even if we haven’t met in person. Whenever we have group meetings, it feels like we’ve known each other for a long time. Friends, we have a limited time in this world, so let’s not make the mistake of ending friendships over simple arguments or misunderstandings. I say this because most of the time, when we argue with friends, we take the easy way out by ending the friendship and moving on. But it’s not as simple as that. We have a strong bond with them that can’t be easily broken, and losing them feels like losing an important part of our lives. I don’t want to sound cliché, but it’s hard to find true friendships, and we often don’t realize their value until they’re gone. I’m not just saying this based on what I’ve read; I’m speaking from my own experiences.
My prayer for them is that they continue doing what they love and have a happy life. We’re all still growing emotionally, some more mature than others. When choosing friends, don’t just go for your preferences; choose them because sometimes you’re the answer to their prayers. How many times have you told yourself to rely on yourself? How many times have you believed that having friends only gets in the way of your goals? How many times have you thought they’ll just use you? I believe friends come into our lives either to bless us or teach us a lesson. I may not fully know them, but I trust that they’ll help me grow or at least accompany me on this journey called life.
My prayer for you is to have friendships that nurture your talents, support your vision, believe in you, feel proud of you, help you get closer to God, and uplift you. May these qualities of friendship exceed your expectations. And finally, be the kind of friend you want to have.