Over the years, various friend have taught me or assisted me with:
- How to "play pretend"
- How to stand on my own two feet and rely on myself
- How to try new things
- How to love and trust others
If the Rav (teacher) and the Chaver (friend) are the same person, then we must be willing to learn from everyone around us. Older or younger, anyone might have more experience and/or knowledge in a situation than we do, and we must be receptive to that. At the same time as we are learning from this person, however, we should also try to genuinely enjoy his/her company such that she/he might become a real friend.
Now if only I could apply these ideas to my tumultuous (to say the least) relationship with my younger brother...