Friendship is when people know all about you…

Via Kate Bartolotta
on Jul 15, 2012
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And they love you anyway!

I’ve seen this attributed to Elbert Hubbard, Mark Twain, C.S. Lewis and “Anonymous.” Whoever said it, it’s important to remember. We get so speedy and busy. We worry about lots of different things we need to have or do, that in the long run might not matter much at all. In the midst of all that, it’s our true friendships that keep us sane. Our lives are richer because of our friends:

They lift us up when we need help.

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They always have a hug ready when we need it.

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True friends aren’t afraid to criticize us, and they know that friendship means sometimes you have to apologize.

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The best friends know to take Camus’ advice:

“Don’t walk behind me; I may not lead. Don’t walk in front of me; I may not follow. Just walk beside me and be my friend.”

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About Kate Bartolotta

Kate Bartolotta is a wellness cheerleader, yogini storyteller, and self-care maven. She also writes for Huffington Post, Yoga International, Mantra Yoga+ Health, a beauty full mind, The Good Men Project, The Green Divas, The Body Project, Project Eve, Thought Catalog and Soulseeds. Kate's books are now available on and Barnes & She is passionate about helping people fall in love with their lives. You can connect with Kate on Facebook and Instagram.


15 Responses to “Friendship is when people know all about you…”

  1. So true!

    Posted to Elephant Love and Relationships on Facebook.

    Lorin Arnold
    Blogger at The VeganAsana
    Editor for Elephant Food and Elephant Family.

  2. Edie says:

    Loved it and loved your bio…

    I doubt seriously your are a mediocre anything at anything you set your mind to do….vegan maybe, being new in that realm myself.

    All to say is I have not read much of your writing but do you really think it is mediocre? I have to ask…

    Writing is my first love, poetry my favorite…though writing for the community here is fun and I feel very supported, for the record.

    Keep up the good work.

    What is your favorite genre?

  3. Hi Edie! I think becoming a writer is a process that never ends…like all the rest of it. I sort of said it to be silly, and to remind myself should I ever take the comments of others—positive or negative—too much to heart. I love writing poetry, short fiction, essays…poetry is probably my all time fave. Thanks for reading!

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