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How to Succeed, True Friendships II

Proverbs 17:17, “A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for adversity.”

What does it mean to be a “true friend”?

  • Loyalty;
  • Commitment;
  • Unconditional love;
  • Acceptance;
  • Can be yourself; and
  • Always have faith in what you do.

It is better to have one good friend (quality) over having many acquaintances (quantity). A good friend is with you through “thick and thin”. A true friend will have your back when no one else does. During biblical times, friends would enter into a covenant by exchanging a “shoe” and a “sword”. The “shoe” stood for “I will go wherever you go and I will stand with you.” The “sword” stood for “I will fight for you and give up my life for you.”

I would rather have one “true friend” who is there for me no matter the circumstances, then many acquaintances who only want me for what I can give them.

Donya Zimmerman is a business consultant, mediator, and legal professional with over ten years of experience.  She is owner of Family & Community Mediation and Business Consulting (FACMBC) based in Baltimore, Maryland and has been in business since 2013. Services provided by FACMBC:  Mediation and Conflict Resolution Services; Business Registration Assistance (Limited Liability Company, Corporation, S-Corp, Limited Liability Partnership, etc.); Business Plan Drafting Assistance; Business Certification Assistance (MBE, WOSB, 8A, 501(c) (3), Hub Zone, etc.); and Business Organization Assistance. She is also a contributing writer to the Maryland Daily Examiner Newspaper. Contact information:;;;;


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