Let’s overcome challenges and build peace through the power of friendship

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Having friends, especially good friends, is a sure sign of success. The value of friendship is immense. Having friends is one of the most fundamental aspects of finding and achieving happiness.
So it is safe to say we are all better off if we have a number of close friends and if we can find activities that bring us happiness that we can share with others.
State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi defined a friend and friendship in her exclusive interview with NHK earlier this month. “I think friendship means understanding, basically, trying to understand rather than to just make your own judgement, but prizes come and prizes go.”
Again, State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi has urged school children from Lansel Boarding School in Shwe Set Ward in Myitkyina on Friday during her visit to the boarding school for children from hilly regions to try to acquire good friends.
She explained the value of a true friend and good friendship to the children to understand that they can overcome challenges and persevere against darkness threatening their worlds through the power of friendship comes from understanding.
“Try to acquire good friends from a young age. If you have friends who will stay by your side when you’re facing challenges then there’s no need to fear any challenges. This is most important. When the friends by your side have the same mindset as you, you automatically gain strength. Your worries and fears will decrease. You are not facing anything alone; if there’s even just one other person with you it’s all the more empowering. Try to be a good friend and make lots of good friends too,” said the State Counsellor.
In fact, the two songs sung by the school children to entertain the State Counsellor are very meaningful for the children, because the songs suggested that our next generation will have nothing but improvements in their lives, not just for themselves, but for our communities, our country and a new peaceful world.
Whether peace will be attained in the time of children depends on each child. If you can find friends and partners to walk by your side then you will succeed in whatever you set out to do. That’s why, we would like to urge teachers to explain our next generation how important of getting great friends at this age as a duty and becoming good friends for others.
Peace cannot be kept by force; it can only be achieved by understanding which comes from true friendship.

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