This Maxim is one that when I first read it, I found it to be something so obvious that I wondered why it even needed to be stated. Why would someone NOT do a favor for a friend if they were able to? Isn’t that what friends dofor one another? Isn’t that part of the very definition of what a friend is? These questions cut to the heart of the matter.
Favors to friends do not have to be materiel. They can be favors of the mind, heart, and spirit as well. When you take the time to actively listen to the problems that a friend has, are you not doing them a favor? When you see a friend is sad and tell them a joke to help cheer them up, are you not doing them a favor? When you call a friend that you have not heard from in a while “just to catch up” with what is going on in their lives, are you not doing them a favor? A favor is more than just when a friend asks for one, it is when they need one as well. And sometimes, the best favor is in recognizing that a friend needs a favor to begin with.