How can I help my friends realize their value?
Helping a good friend realize his or her value can be quite difficult in the life of teen. With the great amount of worries and problems we have, helping friends “realize their value” is one of my last priorities. However, many of my friends, such as my best friend John have gone out of this way to help me, so I should be able to do the same. Loyalty to your friend is the key to a healthy relationship.
Willingness is the largest part. If you lack will in wanting to help a friend realize his or her value, there is a diminutive chance of being able to accomplish this. Willingness must come from within. When I say willing, I mean that you must want to do this for not only your friend, but yourself. Anytime your friend does something halfheartedly, they will accomplish little to nothing. Listening is most essential; you must be willing to stay for long hours listening to their midlife crisis, even if it’s not the most exciting thing in the world to hear. Listening to your friend makes them feel important, special, and wanted. It also allows them to exhale their problems and worries, and not keep them all bottled up building up negative emotions. Additionally, willing to sacrifice time and many other intangible commodities for a friend will also allow help your friend realize their value. For instance, I had my entire Saturday night planned with my girlfriend. As I was walking out the door to pick her up, my best friend called. He was hysterical because his own girlfriend just dumped him. I had to sacrifice my Saturday night I had so carefully planned. Instead of enjoying my greatly planned night, I drove over to my friend’s house and conversed with them about the situation. For almost two hours, I had to try to console him in any way that I could. Once I had cheered him up to the best of my abilities, we just kicked back and played Xbox all night. Although my girlfriend was a little upset with me, I had done...