Here’s where the comparison comes to a grinding halt. As far as I can tell, it doesn’t take any bravery whatsoever to be an apple. Maybe it’s a little scary dangling from the tree branch, but, hey, apples don’t even have feelings, much less fears.
But to be a good friend it takes a stout measure of courage. Courage is required:
- to initiate a friendship – to approach, to invite, to invite again
- to open up in a friendship – to put yourself out on a limb (well, there’s that apple thing again!)
- to ask the tough questions real friends ask, especially golden delicious apple friends.
- to insist on staying on holy ground with your friendship – resisting habits like gossip, criticism, husband-bashing, whining, foul talk, etc.
- to get back on track when you do get off holy ground – and we all do!
- to end an unhealthy friendship
- to be selfless and allow your friends to have other friends