A Good friendship is one of the most progressive unions in the world. In fact, good relationships make the world go around. Without a good sense of friendship, a home, workplace, community, city, or even a nation would be filled with distrust, confusion and animosity. Nothing significant would be accomplished, resulting in utter chaos and destruction. The successful communities of the world are strong because of a powerful network of extraordinary friendships. Good Friendship in the Home Therefore, the need for friendship is vital to all our relationships on every level. At home, a wife and husband must first be friends if the marriage is going to last. A good marriage cannot be based solely on physical attractions or out of the need to just keep the family together. The state of such marriage will not operate out of friendship but out of selfishness and mistrust. A good marriage moves forward because the friendship element embedded within the character of the husband and wife. In such marriages, friendliness will eventually rub off on the children, if there are any. But children cannot grow to be the best they can be under the guidance of parents who are always at odds with one another. Good Friendship in the Workplace In the workplace, friendship among co-workers, supervisors and bosses have the potential to promote the company to heights it could only dream of if good relationships were not a priority. When people in a company are intimately interactive and encouraging, productivity increases and customer relationship flourish, potentially resulting in more sales and revenue. Customers keep coming back, not only because of the kindness shown toward them, but also because of the unity they perceive among the employees of the organization. Good Friendship in the Community In a community, good friendship is a necessity in order to eliminate the spirit of alienation. When neighbors reach out to neighbors, the idea of strangers diminishes greatly. Trust and care among neighbors can then build. This is the reason it is so important to welcome new neighbors into the community as well as promote a number of timely community gathering in order to get to know people even better. National night out, for example, is a good event for everyone to attend and learn how to look out for the safety and security of one another. Other community gatherings could occur just for the sake of having fun together, including summer cookouts, October pumpkin carvings, Thanksgiving hospitality dinners etc. When friendship extends beyond the community, a nation is built upon strength and power. People are able to experience a sense of prosperity and freedom. The feeling is that you can do anything you want to do or be anything you want to be, in an honorable sense, of course. When a Friendship Goes Bad Nevertheless, good friendship starts with a friendly connection with one person, a union that grows in oneness as each partner spends quality time with the other. However, the world we live in is an uncertain place. Sometimes old unions fall apart and we must decide whether or not we desire to invest more time in restoring them. The decision to hang on or just let go is up to you. But the bottom line is that you have invested your soul into the life of another human being. And that person has also invested his or her soul into your life. Unless the reason for the breakup is has been a traumatic affair, a decision to renew the friendship would go a long way to resolve the loss of someone dear to your heart. The Process of Restoration To begin the process of restoration, you must make an attempt to reach out to your friend, regardless who was at fault. When you do this, you are letting your estranged friend know that you care about the relationship and that you are willing to give it another chance. Many broken friendships have been mended when one of the partners decided to make the first move toward reconciliation. Next, the restored friendship must be nurtured for a while in order to redevelop and strengthen trust between the two partners. Nurturing a friendship should include spending time together and doing some of the things that created the strong friendship in the first place. Whether it is sitting in a club together, going on weekend fishing trips or sitting down playing a fun game of chess, you should continue the activities that will help erase the lingering bitterness that drove the two of you apart. Next, you must be patience with the recovery of your friendship. A broken friendship will most likely take time to repair. When something special falls apart, we must cautiously look for opportunity to put it back together. But we cannot expect the pain of brokenness to heal overnight. Nevertheless, it will heal through faith and consistency.