Friday, March 6, 2009

Old Friends are New Part 2

Missy Tippens again, continuing with part two of my post from yesterday. I'd like to introduce you to my good friend, Lindi Peterson. I did an interview with Lindi about friendship. And as I promised, she dishes a little "dirt" on me. :)

M: What do you consider the most important characteristic of a good friend?

L: Loyalty.

M: What things do you have in common with your best friends?

L: Faith, laughter, interests, compassion, willing to listen when a friend needs it.

M: What are your favorite activities to do with friends?

L: Get together and hang out and talk. I love writers retreats with my writer friends, I love bowling with my friends, I love family reunions where I can see my family. Generally I really like being around people.

M: Okay, I promised you'd tell something funny or embarrassing about me. So I give you permission to share. :)

L: I hope this isn't too embarrassing but I love how we can room together because I sleep through anything and apparently you snore, but I don't hear you---oh, unless you scream in your sleep--now that I do hear!! I would like to add that it's easy being friends with you (Missy!). We have so much in common, we can talk about anything. I feel like you are one of those people in my life whom I can turn to for anything at anytime. I get excited for you--am sad when you are---I really enjoy being such close friends with you.

Missy here again. Okay, so she softened the embarrassing info with kind words. Nice move. :)

It's wonderful to have such a good friend who I can call on for prayer, for advice, for encouragement and support. Thank you, Lindi, for being on our blog today!

Now for our readers... What do you consider the most important characteristic of a good friend?


  1. I'm with Lindi. I think loyalty is the most important part of friendship. A friend will be there when you are up or when you are down.

  2. Hi Missy:

    I think the most important characteristic of friendship would be ‘unqualified love’ as a child has for his mother. This is not asking a lot; it’s asking everything. I think in this sense it is true to say: “We have a friend in Jesus.”


  3. Merrillee, I, too, think loyatly is very important.

    I guess for me, most important would be trustworthiness. I need to be able to talk to that person about anything and know it'll be kept confidential.

  4. Vince, you have that right! We can't find a better friend than Jesus!

    So I guess in being a friend to someone else, we need to think, WWJD? (What would Jesus do?)


  5. Everyone has mentioned loyalty and trustworthiness so I'm going to add another one. I really value friends who have the capacity to listen -- that may sound obvious, but there are many people who don't do that very well (and I don't always either). But it helps make a friendship go deeper.

  6. Missy---what a great friend!! You have all the characteristics of being a great friend. Thank you for posting this.
    And ---I know you're excited--Anoop made it through on Idol!! Yeah!!!

  7. Janet, that's a great point. Friendship has to go both ways--both get to talk and both listen.

    Thanks for stopping by!

  8. Hey, Lindi!

    Yes, I was so upset when I thought Anoop hadn't made it!! But then they added him. :)

  9. I'm with you all on the most important part of friendship -- loyalty, trustworthiness, and I'll add forgiveness.

  10. This was so fun to read, Missy!

    And so true about the loyalty.