Francis Bacon once wrote that
“Read not to contradict and confute; nor to believe and take for granted; nor to find talk and discourse; but to weigh and consider. Some books are to be tasted, others to be swallowed, and some to be chewed and digested. That is, some books are to be read only in parts; others to be read, but not curiously; and some few to be read wholly, and with diligence and attention.”
We all have the freewill to choose our friends. We could also decide to have as many friends as possible. But few have the sense to choose wisely. Only a few of us choose the friends that’ll complement us and bring out the best in us.
Like cultivating a very beautiful garden, building a long lasting friendship takes a lot of time and hardwork. You have to show sincere interest in whatever your friend is doing without expecting anything in return. You also have to spend considerable time in each others company. By doing this you could become best of friends.
While I was younger, I had just a handful of friends. The main reason was because I preferred to stay indoors and read books then than spending time with my friends. I even spent less time with my family. The second reason was because I don’t make friends easily. Although I now have more friends and socialize more, the number of friends I have is still modest when compared to the number of friends other people have.
Martin Tupper said that “A good book is the best of friends, thesame today and for ever”. This is quite true because I have read quite a lot of books that I consider as my best of friends. I enjoy reading a lot and its something I’ll keep on doing. You might find this weird but I spend more time with my books than I do with my friends because we are best of friends.