The Portrait of a True Friend [and how you can keep one]

The Portrait of a True Friend [and how you can keep one]

The Portrait of a True Friend [and how you can keep one]


“Friendship consists in forgetting what one gives and remembering what one receives.” – Alexander Dumas

“A friend is one that knows you as you are, understands where you have been, accepts what you have become, and still, gently allows you to grow.” – William Shakespeare

Friendship is one of life’s most beautiful treasures. When you have a True Friend, they’ll walk by your side through the days of sunshine and rain without a moment’s hesitation. I used to think everyone approached friendship that way, but I have found in these last several years that is not so. True Friendship is a rare gift.

I once had someone tell me that its easy to categorize friends into three compartments: “Reason,” “Season,” and “Lifetime.” I used to live my life as though every friend would be there for life, and it pierced deeply when it became apparent they weren’t. Now I understand why.

The friends you make for a reason, they can become close, and even move into your Life category; but your friendship may not have had a chance without the reason. It seems like many deep friendships were built organically through that foundation.

The friends you make for a season, that’s a much harder category for me. It’s hard to accept that people can walk in and out of your life so easily. But the truth is, it happens that way. As a kid, my parents used to tell me that friends come and go depending on the season of your life. It just wasn’t in my nature to believe that. With time, I’ve learned to hold on to the memories of these friendships, and understand that it’s ok to have a friendship for a season.

Of course, the Lifetime friendships are those we hang onto and just can’t let go of. These are the friends you’d stake your life on. These are the friends you call in the middle of the night when the world is crashing down. These are the friends who would pick you up if your car broke down. These are the friends who wouldn’t give up on you if you lost your way.

When you find these Lifetime friends, you need to hang on to them. In fact, take a moment to give a call or send a text right now – just to express what they mean to you. You don’t get many Lifetime friends.

Mish has been that kind of friend to me.

In fact, when I think about the kind of friend I have in Mish, I start to cry. I can’t help it. I have so many memories of her being there for me when no one else would. I could recount exact phrases she spoke to me in joy and in pain. She has been hands down one of my favorite models ever. And there is absolutely no one I know like her.

When the stars aligned so that I could have a mini E-session with Mish and her fiance Jay, I was over the moon ecstatic. Having the opportunity to give Mish something this meaningful was a small thing in comparison to the Lifetime friend I have in her. As you will see, the charm and adorable scale of this couple is just beyond compare. I’m so happy they have found such happiness in each other.

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