Even the very best friend isn’t perfect. Every friendship has its share of ups and downs, disappointments and discouragements. But the true test of friendship is whether it endures the hard times as well as the happy times. When you are truly best friends – when you have a friendship worth preserving – you learn how to voice your feelings with each other. You discuss how and when you’ve been hurt. You even cry together. Then you forgive, seal your friendship with a hug, and continue on good terms with each other. That’s how best friendships are maintained over the years. Each little offense is dealt with and forgiven (and forgotten). The focus remains on the strengths of the relationship: love, understanding, acceptance, and loyalty. When you take time to work through differences and misunderstandings, the friendship grows stronger and sweeter.