I said, “Friendship is the greatest band in the world,” and I had reason for it, for it is all the bands that this world hath; and there is no society, and there is no relation that is worthy, but is made so by the communications of friendship, and by partaking of some of its excellencies. For friendship is a transcendent, and signifies as much as unity can mean, and every consent, and every pleasure, and every benefit, and every society, is the mother or daughter of friendship. – Jeremy Taylor, “A Discourse on Friendship”
The quality of your relationships determines in large measure the scope of your influence on the world around you. Fractured, ill-conceived and self-indulgent associations diffuse the radiant blessings which naturally pour forth through friendships grounded in excellency.
Just as your aura, which is apparently visible to some and tangible to others, waxes and wanes, the earth’s crown of light expands or contracts by virtue of the bands and communications of friendship.