Why Maccabi Friends Matter?

October 28, 2010 by Odile Faludi - Maccabi NSW
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I thought that this being my last edition, I would touch on something which has really struck me throughout my involvement with Maccabi.

Odile Faludi

More so than the sport it has always been the friendships that I have made through the organisation that have kept me wanting to be involved. Quite simply, I have made some really good friends.

So what is a really good friend? To be a good friend, you have to give of yourself, but not so much that you lose yourself. You need to know what you want and pursue it, while helping others achieve what they want. You need to have personality while making room for, and supporting, other people’s personalities. You need to care about, and even love, people you might disagree with. You need to be willing to give at least as much, if not more, than you take. This is a pretty predictable recipe for happiness. Giving to others — a reliable way of fostering friendships — makes us happier than taking things for ourselves. So having friends and treating them generously is clearly a winning strategy in life.

Throughout the last two years I have interviewed hundreds of people and the one sentiment that kept coming back to greet me was eloquently said by John Rosen. A Maccabi legend that has been actively involved in Maccabi for well over 50 years and met his sweetheart at a Maccabi carnival. John said, “Maccabi is all about relationships. The friendships last a lifetime. They have been the reason why I have stuck around for so long. People meet in their teens and when they are grandparents they are still sharing good times. It’s amazing what can happen when you meet at a Maccabi carnival life will never be the same.”

So cherish these friendships, nurture them and most importantly never take them for granted. They should last a lifetime!


One Response to “Why Maccabi Friends Matter?”
  1. Aryan Kapp says:

    I appreciate you sharing this article post.Much thanks again. Much obliged.

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