I had a few more thoughts on the topic of friends and expectations. Imagine you have a shop and a friend comes in would like to have something. Would you give it to him for free because he is your friend? Or would you take money from your friend because it is your business and after all you, too, have to live from something? Do you feel it is too much expectation if he actually wants something for free?
Imagine you are this friend and you walk into the store. I think you should not give your friend the burden of deciding whether to fulfill this expectation or not. If you expect at this point, your friend may easily feel it is too much. If he would like to give it to you from his own wish, take it thankfully but do not expect him to do it. You should not put expectations on the other one that he cannot fulfill without giving up his own survival, his own life. If his shop does not run well, don’t go and expect him to give you everything for free.
Friendship is also about support. If you have a bakery and your friend is hungry and has no money to pay, you should be there for him and support him when he needs it. And in the other way, if your friend has a shop which is not going good, you can support by buying your groceries there and recommending the shop.
In general you should not have ego among friends. Don’t make your friend feel he is in any way smaller than you. Don’t break each other’s trust and never lie. Lies hurt, if they don’t hurt immediately, they will do later. Keep a connection with your friends, meet them from time to time and take time for them. Listen to them and share. Don’t only complain and load your burden off but also keep an open ear for your friend’s issues! In this way, a friendship can be full of love for a long time!