Friendship is truly tested in the times of need. A true friend will never abandon you when you need them the most while a two-faced friend will leave your side at the slightest inconvenience. Scroll down to read the story of two men and a bear and see for yourself if you have people in your life that you may be better off without.
Once upon a time,
a woodcutter lived in a small village near a forest. The forest was full of wild and dangerous beasts including deadly lions and terrifying bears. Without a doubt, the forest was a dangerous place but the woodcutter’s household depended on it. He would go deep in the forest to get the best wood for selling to the villagers.
One time on his way to the forest, he met a man who was going in the same direction. The man was happy to see the woodcutter because he did not want to go alone in the forest. He started talking to the woodcutter and soon they became good friends. The man told him that sometimes when the well is running dry, he goes into the forest to get water from the lake.
The woodcutter offered to go with him. On their way to the lake, they came across a bear. The vicious black beast was huge and deadly! The woodcutter was still thinking of a way to escape while his friend quickly scampered up a tree, safe from the deadly claws of the bear. In his haste, the woodcutter ran in circles around the tree and asked his friend to pull him up but the man refused to budge.
The woodcutter realized that his so-called friend is not going to help him so he thought fast and dropped down to the ground. He stayed very still and played dead. The bear went up to the man and sniffed around his ears. It slightly pawed him a few times but the woodcutter didn’t move an inch. He knew if he moved now, he is as good as dead!
Thinking that the man was dead, the bear eventually walked away, leaving the two men alone. As soon as the bear was gone, the woodcutter stood up, dusted the dirt off his clothes and started to walk away without talking to his friend. The other man quickly climbed down from the tree and followed the woodcutter.
“That was amazing! What did the bear say in your ear, my friend?” asked the man when he caught up with the woodcutter.
“Oh nothing,” answered the woodcutter,
“he just told me that I should consider surrounding myself with better people who don’t run out on their friends in the times of need!”
Clearly, the friendship between the two men was over. The woodcutter got rid of an unhealthy friendship but the other man lost a true friend!
The moral of the story is simple, friendship is a two-way road and is tested only in the time of trouble.
A Selection of True Friends Quotes
“True friends are those who came into your life, saw the most negative part of you, but are not ready to leave you, no matter how contagious you are to them.” ~
“An acquaintance merely enjoys your company, a fair-weather companion flatters when all is well, a true friend has your best interests at heart and the pluck to tell you what you need to hear.” ~
“There are still some wonderful people left in this world! They are diamonds in the rough, but they’re around! You’ll find them when you fall down– they’re the ones who pick you up, who don’t judge, and you had to fall down to see them! When you get up again, remember who your true friends are!” ~
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