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Larry Friend June 13, 2018

How friendship helped Icy on his personal journey to growth

 

No man is an island entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main.

—John Donne

 

 

Since we’re a social species by nature, it’s normal for us humans to want to feel appreciated. Fruitful, long-term relationships—especially friendships—help satisfy the “belongingness” we all clamor for. Sure, we need a little alone time here and there; but at the end of day, we need people we can rely on.

 

Aristotle described true friends as a “safe refuge” from life’s troubles. The great Greek philosopher’s belief still holds true today: friends are one of (if not the first) people we run to. Just like our families, they’re the ones who’d be in our corners during both good and bad times. They’re the irreplaceable people we can’t afford to lose.

 

For Icy, they’re the ones who saved him from loneliness. Imagine floating around the ocean for 200 years without anybody to talk to. That would be unbearable.

 

Being all alone made the little snowflake feel insignificant and discouraged. His long years of loneliness made him question his fate due to the pressure and darkness he was surrounded with. Fortunately for Icy, a few aquatic creatures he encountered along his journey kept him company. The whale, the sea otter, the seal, and the polar bear helped take the edge off Icy’s loneliness. He was pleased to meet and befriend every one of them as he drifted into the ocean.

 

Just like the little snowflake, we, too, enjoy forming new friendships. If you’re looking to befriend people outside your usual circles, don’t be afraid to reach out and get to know other people. The more, the merrier, right? Although it takes courage, the established connection is worth the effort.

 

Seeing friends, especially when we bump into them in the flesh, is always a delight. Although social media has helped in maintaining them from distances, there’s nothing quite like the feeling of seeing them face to face. Indeed, the best experiences in our lives come without a price tag.

 

True friendship is one of life’s greatest gifts. As much as some of us would like to admit it (or not), we do need good friends in our lives. After all, they do help us get by in life.

 

How do you view your friends? Feel free to express your thoughts by leaving a comment below. You may also share your insights with me through Facebook, Twitter, and Goodreads. To know more about Icy’s adventure, please check out my book, Icy the Iceberg.

 

 

References:

 

Collingwood, Jane. n.d. “The Importance of Friendship.” Psych Central. Accessed June 5, 2018. https://psychcentral.com/lib/the-importance-of-friendship/.

 

Levine, Saul. 2016. “The Importance of Friendship.” Psychology Today (blog), February 1. Accessed June 5, 2018. https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/our-emotional-footprint/201602/the-importance-friendship.

 

 

 

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Larry Friend (author) and Sidney “Mindy” Makis (illustrator) are creative siblings. Icy the Iceberg is their first p... read more

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