A good friendship or relationship is based on acceptance of the other person although not necessarily agreement.  We don’t have to agree to be friends.  A weak (or even false) friendship, on the other hand, is easily broken by a single disagreement or point of contention.  If I have to be exactly like you (or at least pretend to be) then we really don’t have a friendship.  If I have to be 100% pleasant 100% of the time to be your friend then I know I can’t be your friend.  I am human.  I am flawed.  I cannot promise I will never have a bad day and inadvertently sound less than pleasant.  I’m a person too.  I have feelings too.  I am not always able to smile and pretend to agree.  A solid relationship will grow and improve as the result of disagreement or hardship.  A weak relationship, on the other hand, will deteriorate each time there is a disagreement or problem until eventually it crumbles completely.  October 9, 2016

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