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Friendship Is a Sign of Love and Peace - on Brenda’s Prompt Week 9

Misbah has always wanted to pursue writing as a career. She loves to do poetry in her free time.

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A beautiful fellow author, a poetess, and most of all a kind and loving friend, Brenda Arledge challenged us with another word as a prompt for week 9. The word prompt for this week is Friendship.

Brenda said," For this week's word prompt I chose the word, "Friendship." I feel this word will create a lot of great work."

What is Friendship?

Friendship is an emotional relationship that occurs between two or more people, in which an affinity occurs and through which individuals share values, beliefs, and special moments.

What is most important in friendship is loyalty, commitment, support, and sincerity among friends. In developing a friendship, people present themselves as they really are without shame or fear of being judged. Friendships involve respect, acceptance, understanding, and trust.

Among friends, there are no masks that hide the true being. Throughout life, we have the opportunity to meet hundreds of people, but only with some of them that we will be able to create lasting friendships over the years. The moments shared with these people will constitute a series of unique and irreplaceable moments, especially during childhood.

Friendship is a fundamental part of the individual growth and development of each person. Living and sharing experiences with friends are part of life. A friendship is made up of a series of family, moral, and social values ​​that make it unique and special. Loyalty is a fundamental element of friendship. Being faithful friends means respecting decisions, giving support, having time to listen and to advise.

I am blessed to have a friend like mentioned in this quote named Manaita

He is your friend who pushes you nearer to God.

— Abraham Kuyper

Love can break but friendship never

We always talk about love. Butterflies that we have in our stomachs. Unbridled heartbeats. And the feeling of well-being in front of the person to love.
We always talk about his attraction, of his desire, of his hatred and sadness for someone who doesn't love us back.

Yet there is a feeling that is surely stronger than love. One that we are so used to that we even pay more attention to it. We wrote love stories about it. Beautiful or sad. Happy or heartbreaking.

What if it was about friendship. From the story of a great friendship. Oh, sure, that sounds like love a lot. It is in form, but in truth, it is much softer and more delicate. We talk about the love of our life. But what is the friendship of our life?

It is the person who for years supports you and endures you and yet it is not easy. This is the person who chose to support you. She/He was never forced to, he chose you. He is a person whom you have too often manhandled and tormented. With whom there have been a thousand disputes. A thousand tears shed for each other. And yet life has always brought you back to each other.

You know it is that person that if one day you lose and you will never get over it. This person can make you laugh just by exchanging a glance, who is better than anyone to read the tears behind your smile. Don't think I'm talking about a perfect person, No. He/She hurts you, tortured you. You hated her almost at times. He is clumsy, indecisive. In searching for himself, he sometimes losses you.

But you don't care. Because the important thing is not all the mistakes, he may have made. The important thing is that he always came back full of excuses. So yes, you like it. You even adore it. And at the same time, he/she annoys you with his/her facial expressions and manner or attitude. It's friendly love. Don't lose that person, this person is more precious than any you can love.

"Love can break; friendship, never."

“What is a friend? A single soul dwelling in two bodies.”

— Aristotle

Friendship is a Plant

A friendship is the result of moments of discussion, of laughter, but also of trust sometimes and bad passages. I think friends, it's kind of a part of our life. When we have this protective circle around us, we feel at ease, peaceful, like in a cocoon. Yes, that's it, like in a cocoon!

When an individual is alone, he/she is in the state of a caterpillar. Then, if she knows how to surround herself with the right people, the wonderful people you want to see every day, then he/she is in this "protective cocoon", this chrysalis.

Finally, the friendship developed then allows the person to flourish, to transform, to metamorphose, she becomes a butterfly. And somewhere, it is thanks to them, the friends, that the person knew how to take off, that she knew how to become a good person, she knew how to beat her wings, to come out of her chrysalis to show who she really is.

However, do not believe in this invincible, perfect friendship, because perfection does not exist, it is we who give it a name to be able to push our limits. So friendship is a plant, a plant that must be cultivated with care, attention. If you remain benevolent, then you will witness the blossoming multiple buds, it will be your friendship that will blossom.

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On the other hand, if you turn away from it, that you abandon it without thoroughness, then everything will fade. So you will only have the meager leaves and branches left if they still resist.

And know one thing, it is much more difficult to try to repel friendship than to let it blossom and become attached to it by taking care of it delicately...

“Friendship is the hardest thing in the world to explain. It's not something you learn in school. But if you haven't learned the meaning of friendship, you really haven't learned anything.”

— Muhammad Ali

A Friendship Without Borders

We are not brothers,
But a bond unites us,
Which will last all our life.
A friendship without borders.

Our footsteps crossed,
A simple day, the fruit of chance,
In a simple glance,
Our friendship slowly germinated.

Every day on glossy paper,
Together we write,
United as hand and pencil,
Our beautiful story of friendship.

In our heart is protected,
More precious than gold,
Worth all treasures,
This coveted feeling.

On the long river of life,
When the storm blows
And nothing stops it,
Friendship is a lifeline.

How good it is to have you as a friend,
Incomparable Person, with a subtle presence,
Who knew how to consolidate this fragile bond,
Always faithful, never having betrayed.

Today, from the bottom of my heart,
I can talk about Friendship,
This feeling that has imposed itself
And for which I thank you for this happiness.

friends holding shoulders sitting together

friends holding shoulders sitting together

Friendship a gift of fate

When the links are created,
Invisible and so solid,
Nothing can alter,
This union without passion,

The sweetness of the glances,
Never goes astray,
Without a past pact,
Crosses the years,
Shares the subjects,
Without ever judging them,

Friendship, Gift of fate,
Lighten the way

My HP Friends

When we are talking about friendship, how dare could I go without saying anything about my virtual friends. The people who always listen, who may not meet in real, but still they love you, care for you, and think about you.

I don't use Twitter, Facebook, Linkedin, Instagram, and other social media platforms. I believe they are big-time wasters and are not good. So this is very obvious that I don't have any virtual friends before I joined HP.

HP gifted me a community where we are here for each other every time we need it. I am grateful, I have many wonderful people on this platform. I am following many people and many are following me. They like to hear me and I too love to hear them.

Few of them are very kind and caring, very close to my heart. From many, I am learning a lot. Many of them have inspired me. There are many, but to name a few, Manatita, Bill Holland (Mr. Bill), John Hansen, Pamela Oglesby, MsDora (I started following her a few weeks ago, but she inspired me), Brenda, of course, inspired me with her prompt challenges.

The ones I have named are older than me and this makes them even more special. They are wise. They know what I don't.

Here I would say about Manatita, he is a teacher, one who helps me, who cares, who listens and answer, a friend and a kind brother. A spiritual friend as I quoted above Abraham Kuyper said, "He is your friend who pushes you nearer to God." Manatita pushes me nearer to God. Thanks a lot, dear brother.

Mr. Bill uses to answer questions, he loves to help, the way he shows his love towards his parents, always inspired me

John Hansen, a kind friend, a poet. I like his smiling profile picture. One of the very first people I started to follow when I joined HP. He helped me with proofreading my first article. I don't know if he remembers. His poems from the Porch are my favorite.

Pamela is always very caring and supportive. She is polite and shares very great informative articles. I love her for this. She is always kind.

Of course, I do have some young friends at HP with whom I love to talk. Please don't consider me an old spirit. My school friends use to tease me with this name as they think I like to have more friendship with old people-- and my answer to them always is why should I not be friends with people who are elder than me, they are wise. I love them for their wisdom.

A Tribute to my Virtual Friends

Virtual friendship

That we don't believe to be real

Yet people are there Always there for you

Hidden behind a screen

They are always present

They are far from you

And yet close at the same time

They do not know who you are

But they are there for you to listen

They are always sympathetic

This site is fantastic

They listen to you with attention

Read you with passion

The friendship that binds us

It is the poems that we write

They give meaning to your writings

They make you want to laugh

They make you want to live life

They tell you it could be worse

This is personal

But it's thanks to exceptional people

That I got out

That I didn't leave

So a big thank you

To all these true friends

They are all ready here to help you

Always there to listen to you

Always there to let you Express all your ideas

Thank you to you

Help me to free myself from my thoughts

All the words of my heart

You make me go out again

You bring me happiness

And frees me from my misfortunes

We need these virtual friends

We meet people on the Internet who,

Over time, become friends.

We talk to them as

If we had known them forever.

We know that the distance separates us,

that we may never meet them yet

We become attached to them.

We discover common points,

We spend hours discussing.

They are so far away yet

we have the impression

that they are there, right here

next to us.

We need these virtual friends,

who only give us compliments,

who wish us good night

when we tell them I'm going to bed.

Who put a smile on our lips

with their words.

Virtual friendship

has no distance or border.

Because a virtual friendship...

is as real as it is virtual.

Thank you

I know I made it too long

but as you people are my friend,

I know you won't mind it

A nice little word

In my heart, it's happiness.

Thank you to all of you!

© 2021 Misbah Sheikh


Misbah Sheikh (author) from — This Existence Is Only an Illusion on April 14, 2021:

Thanks a lot for appreciating, Linda. I am glad to know you liked and enjoyed it. Much Gratitude, dear friend. Stay Blessed

Peace and Love

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on April 13, 2021:

You’ve created a great article about friendship and have described many important and thought-provoking facts about the relationship. Your article is interesting and enjoyable, Misbah.

Chrish Canosa from Manila Philippines on April 13, 2021:

Awesome !!!! Kisses my dear sister wink wink

Misbah Sheikh (author) from — This Existence Is Only an Illusion on April 13, 2021:

@Vidya: Thanks a lot for your Delightful words. I am glad to know you have made many good friends on HP. We are blessed to have a very good community here on HP, they all are so friendly and Kind. You are a beautiful soul. I admire you. God bless You Always.

Blessings and Love

VIDYA D SAGAR on April 13, 2021:

Beautiful poems and article on friendship Misbah. It's true that we have made very good friends after joining Hubpages. It feels so nice to stay connected and share thoughts and inspire each other here. My Hubpages friends mean a lot to me. Stay safe, God bless you.

Misbah Sheikh (author) from — This Existence Is Only an Illusion on April 13, 2021:

@Manatita: Thank you, dear brother. I am glad you liked it- much appreciated

God Bless you always


Misbah Sheikh (author) from — This Existence Is Only an Illusion on April 13, 2021:

@Amara: Thanks a lot dear sister. I am glad to know you enjoyed it. I am lucky to have you as my sister and friend at the same time.

Blessings and Love

manatita44 from london on April 13, 2021:

Lovely article in prose and poetry on friendship. Thank you for the mention. Another excellent take on Brenda's prompt. Peace.

Misbah Sheikh (author) from — This Existence Is Only an Illusion on April 13, 2021:

@Peggy: Thanks a lot for your kind response dear friend. Much Gratitude. I am glad to have you as my friend. You are always very supportive. I am glad you liked it.

Higher Blessings and Smiles

Misbah Sheikh (author) from — This Existence Is Only an Illusion on April 12, 2021:

@Mr. Bill: So sweet of you, Sir. This was so touchy. Thanks for giving me so much respect and honor. Much Appreciated--Gratitude. I am blessed to have a friend like you in my life.

God Bless You Always, Ameen!


Amara from Pakistan on April 12, 2021:

Misbah its a beautiful write up. Such a lovely tribute to all HP friends.

I enjoyed reading it.

Sending you a lot of love dear sister..

Misbah Sheikh (author) from — This Existence Is Only an Illusion on April 12, 2021:

@ Chitra di: Thanks a lot for your beautiful kind words, it means a lot. I am glad you like it. You are a very kind soul. May God Bless you always. I am glad that I found you here. You are one of my very supportive friend

Blessings and Love

Misbah Sheikh (author) from — This Existence Is Only an Illusion on April 12, 2021:

@Eric: what a lovely surprise, I have never seen you in anyone's comment. I am blessed to see you here dear friend. Eric, I have many loving Friends on HP including Brenda. and I am more than happy to be their friend. They all are Gift Of God.

I appreciate you taking the time to read and comment.

Peace and Blessings

Misbah Sheikh (author) from — This Existence Is Only an Illusion on April 12, 2021:

@Pamela: Thanks a lot dear friend. I am so glad you liked it. Haha... You just said about money-- lol, yes, HP doesn't give us a lot of money. but, it has provided us a nice and happy community, with beautiful friends in it, Just like a happy family. So what else we need. Right?

I am more than happy that I have so many good friends here including you.

Blessings and Peace

Misbah Sheikh (author) from — This Existence Is Only an Illusion on April 12, 2021:

@Ann: Thanks a lot for your kind response. Much Appreciated. I am blessed to have a beautiful friend like you. I am glad you have made many good friends on HP. We are blessed to have a very good community here on HP, they all are so friendly and Polite. You are a lovely soul. I admire you. God bless You Always.

Blessings and Love

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on April 12, 2021:

Your article and poems are beautiful, Misbah. Yes, virtual friendships can be real, as you mentioned. The people you highlighted are some of my favorites on this site as well. Thanks for writing about the beauty of friendship. Sending blessings your way!

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on April 12, 2021:

Lovely, Misbah, and it reminds me to tell you that I cherish our friendship, and thank you for it. I am a stronger, better man because of friendships like ours. You, in that way, make me a better human, and I thank you for it.

Blessings always

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on April 12, 2021:

Beautiful and heartfelt response to Brenda's word prompt challenge!

I loved reading your deep thoughts, your poems, and how you value friends and friendships!

A delightful read indeed!

Thank you and God Bless You!

Errah Caunca on April 12, 2021:

I like the way you and Brenda have a mutual understanding.

Misbah Sheikh (author) from — This Existence Is Only an Illusion on April 12, 2021:

@John: your kind response touched my heart. Thanks a lot for so much respect. I am 100% sure you can do it 100% better than me. I will be waiting for your lovely poem. It's always a pleasure to read your work.

My heart just keeps thanking you and thanking you. God Bless you always.


Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on April 12, 2021:

This is a wonderful article about friendship and the value of virtual friends. This is a wonderful response to Brenda's prompt, Misbah. I have been on Hubpages almost 12 years, and while some have left there are others that have been here as long as I and it is not for the money. They are here for the other people that they care about. I really enjoyed reading your article.

Misbah Sheikh (author) from — This Existence Is Only an Illusion on April 12, 2021:

@Chrish: why not my dear sister, we are already building it. Thanks a lot for your lovely comment. Much appreciated.

Blessings and Love

Misbah Sheikh (author) from — This Existence Is Only an Illusion on April 12, 2021:

@Ravi: I appreciate your kind response. Much Gratitude. Yes our virtual friends are as real as real life friends. They do care and I love them all.

Blessings and Peace

Misbah Sheikh (author) from — This Existence Is Only an Illusion on April 12, 2021:

Thanks a lot, Devika. I appreciate your kind words . Much Gratitude

I am happy you liked it.

Blessings Always

Ann Carr from SW England on April 12, 2021:

Wonderful quotes and beautiful poems, Misbah. You have written such a lovely response on friendship.

It's true that HP builds up friendships along the way and I have great friends here too, made over the 10-11 years I've been here.

Well done!


John Hansen from Gondwana Land on April 12, 2021:

What a fantastic article on "friendship" in response to Brenda's challenge. Misbah, thank you for what you said about me in regard to our friendship. I agree totally that virtual/online friendships are just as real as physical ones. I haven't known you long but already feel you are a part of my close group of friends here on HubPages.

I love your poems too, and you have covered almost every aspect of friendship. I may write a response to this prompt as well but I need to find a totally unique point of view. I could never improve on what you have written here. God bless.

Chrish Canosa from Manila Philippines on April 12, 2021:

Yeah. True friendship is indeed a lifetime. Let's build an empire together[wink]

Ravi Rajan from Mumbai on April 12, 2021:

Wonderful Misbah. You convey such deep thoughts and the value value of friendship in simple and yet very touching words. I loved the virtual friends as this dimension takes it to a whole new different plane altogether we are connected just by pure words. Thanks for sharing.

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on April 12, 2021:

Hi Misbah true in all times a friendship is forever, but love doesn't last toll the end. So many issues can be obstacles, your hub is positive and tells me that peace is the way of life and love and friendship is special.

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