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Honesty loyalty compassion and fairness are all examples of qualities people look for when choosing friends The look for these qualities in order to sort real friends from those considered acquaintances But what is one deems another a friend and their choice proves itself to have been faulty People should never allow a friend to remain a friend if the are not trustworthy dependable or if they are manipulative True friends are never or should never be thught of as untrustworthy for example if one loans a friend money for any reason the money should be returned in a timely fashion Accepting excuses only allows the mistreatment of the bond to continue because the acceptor is allowed to evade reimbursement and the loaner cannot stand against the reasons for non-payment A second characteristic to watch for in determining friends is independability One should be able to depend on a friend almost as much as they would depend on a family member Friends should always be an uplifter a guiding light never should a friend belittle ones self worth or prove to be a detriment The first sign of independability can be counted as an accident but after that it is not acceptable There is no room for repeat offenders because they will ultimately prove to be a downfall The first time should take away enough trust to build an outer shell against them Finally if one allows another to manipulate them for a gain or purpose besides their own then there is a problem with the friendship IF a friend needs a ride and assuming that the are not offering ot drive graciousness courtesy and gratefulness should be shown the driver not harsh words or belittling phrases if the friend is not grateful at the end of the trip it is too late to mention for their goal is accomplished Something must be
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