For many years I thought an Associate wasn’t a Friend. I thought that Friends had a closer or more intimate relationship that an Associate. Some dictionaries define both on even ground. Associate – a companion or friend. Friend – a person whom one knows and with whom one has a bond of mutual affection. I’ve always defined those that I have a shallow relationship with as an Associate and those I have an close bond with as friends.
I know you’re probably thinking what a odd irrelevant topic. I just found it a little annoying that I’ve been using these two words improperly for years. Then I realized, not really. It’s all about personal preference because an Associate is commonly used in terms of a working relationship and not necessarily a close personal or close relationship.
I suppose what’s most important is the relationship itself. It will clearly define itself, whether it’s an Friend or an Associate based relationship. True friends are so very hard to find these days. I’ve had a difficult time with users and abusers. It’s heartbreaking because friendship should be one of the easiest things to have between two people. Proverbs 18:24 KJV, A man that hath friends must shew himself friendly: and there is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother. I’m looking for that friend that sticks closer than a sister/brother. Quality is far more valuable than quantity, I’m not greedy I’d be happy with just one true friend. Someone I could trust and they’d trust me, we could be a supporter of one another. I also think that a strong friendship requires similarities in life, goals, beliefs and so much more. God’s got it and she/he is out there and it will come to fruition soon!
Ordained Christian Minister