“Through the many people that we meet; we discover the gifts that we shall seek.” -Astrid Hardjana-Large

Through the Journey of Life, we will each encounter various people and be presented with the opportunity to endeavor in the choice to maintain a relationship. As we begin, we question what a relationship is and what a friendship may mean. We build our own understandings and we venture out with expectations for the best results.

Relationships begin first within our family and we are comforted by their level of care and loyalty. Our adventure begins as we start meeting people outside of family with whom we feel a connection to. We wish for these people to remain in our lives, just like our family but then we may encounter times of difference.

When Brian and Michael first became friends, they both held different beliefs for their way of life. In Brian’s home, the eldest always received a cookie first, yet somehow, Michael, who is the youngest, always insisted that he receive one first. Brian tried his hardest to explain the ways but Michael would not listen. He just yelled and chose to not speak with Brian. Brian was saddened by the reactions his friend exhibited but he also had to realize that had his friend not demonstrated his ways, he would not have learned that there were other ways within our world that needed to be learned. Brian had to accept the difference of their ways and decide if keeping Michael in his life was a choice for him. Brian approached his friend with open honesty and tried to explain the reasons for his thinking. Michael listened openly and interjected with the reasons why he reacted the way he did. A new understanding grew between the boys and they were both lucky to learn of new ways to be.

Not all relationships may end with mutual understanding but it can be known that through each and every relationship, we will be experiencing something new and endeavoring in a new knowledge for social interaction. We all have our own lessons to learn and it is through the many people that we meet that we acquire our lessons and gain our ability to interact with others.