For Your Friends
By Shanuka Kadupitiyage Ceylon Today Features
‘A friend in need is a friend indeed’ says the wise man. His words do ring true.
Whether we like to be around lots of people, or prefer to spend our time with smaller groups, we all need a good friend. If you have more than one friend, that’s even better. The more the merrier.
Our world faces many challenges, problems and divisions that can keep us from noticing the more important people and things in our life. While things may not seem as bad right now, there are many issues that worry people all around the world. Most of these differences and challenges can easily be fixed through one of the simplest and most underrated powers of the world; the power of friendship.
Before we fix the problems of the world, let us be a good friend to the people around us. It is truly a joy when you have a friend and when you can be a friend. These habits have to grow from an early age. People around the world have recognised the importance of friendship and building bonds with one another, which is why the International Day of Friendship is commemorated every year on 30 July.
Every friendship day, events and activities are organised every year by governments and groups around the world to promote the values of true friendship. There are a set of goals behind these actions and they are to:
Foster a culture of peace through education
Promote sustainable economic and social development
Promote respect for all human rights
Ensure equality between women and men
Foster democratic participation
Advance understanding, tolerance and solidarity
Support participatory communication and the free flow of information and knowledge
Promote international peace and security.
Talk with your parents and discuss with them how you can best spend the upcoming week while remembering the International Day of Friendship. Although these may seem like things that are tough for us to do, there are plenty of simple ways to celebrate the friendships we have and the International Day of Friendship without a lot of effort.
Make a list
Think of all the great friends you have in your life. Take a pen and sheet of paper, then list all of their names. Try to think of one way that each and every one of them has been a good friend to you because now it’s your turn to return the favour.
Call a friend
Look for someone you haven’t talked to for a while in your list. Then give him a call and say hello. Ask him how he is doing and have a conversation with him
Make a ‘thank you!’ note
Think of something that you are thankful about related to each friend of yours. Write a short letter telling how thankful you are for the friendship you share and send it to him.
Be a friend in need
Think of ways you can be of help to the friends in your list. There may be someone that is in need of your help and your friendship without you even knowing. Reach out to them.
There are many other ways you can spend your week celebrating the friendship you share with the many people important to you. What else can you do to be a friend?