A good friend encourages you in the daily ups and downs of life. A great friend encourages you to make goals and plans for your future. The best friends encourage you to dream outside the realm of possibility, because it's in our big dreams and greatest ambitious that we reveal who we truly are.
A good friend allows you to have a bad day without changing their opinion of you. A great friend gets to the root of your bad week and helps you work through the real issue. The best friends already know the back-story, see the stumbling blocks, and sit with you through the darkest nights while you're recovering from the worst of it, never asking, "What's in this for me?"
A good friend can come into your life and linger. A great friend can come into your life and make a place for herself. The best friends can come into your life and change who you are. Because with them, you are more yourself than you are when you're alone.
Who would I be without my friends? In my friends, I see a more accurate reflection of me than in any mirror. They echo back my strongest convictions, my deepest beliefs, and anything good that can be found in my thoughts and feelings. They tell my story better than I can, a tapestry of all I admire and aspire to. They are a suit of armor and at the same time, the comforting arms that cradle me when I'm at my weakest. They are the band of crusaders, championing my cause, championing me in the fray of life. And who would I be, if not for them?