"The Lord works from the inside out. The world works from the outside in. The world would take people out of the slums. Christ would take the slums out of people, and then they would take themselves out of the slums. The world would mold men by changing their environment. Christ changes men, who then change their environment. The world would shape human behavior, but Christ can change human nature...Yes, Christ changes men, and changed men can change the world."
Ezra Taft Benson
Feb 25, 2012
"[Friendship] will not pretend perfection nor demand it."
-Marion D Hanks, 1984
Ain't that great?
Yet friends help you become your best self.
Reminds me of that famous quote
"...as we let our own light shine,
we unconsciously give other people
permission to do the same.
As we are liberated from our own fear,
our presence automatically liberates others."
I think that is how it usually is. Real friendship is a place without fear. It is ok to be ourselves because the other isn't expecting us to be something we are not.
Allowing for, or occasionally encouraging, good changes.
But not forcing them.