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    Companionship is that state of being friends. It is a closeness or familiarity, a true fellowship among people who for some reason have connected. It is the word that comes to mind when you hear the words life-long partners.

    People describe companionship is many ways-a cozy feeling, a nice full feeling after a pleasant meal with family or friends, or that easy rhythm you fall into with the familiar. In a relationship, though, companionship would seem to be the basis for two people wanting to remain together, yet many are torn between the importance of companionship verse romantic or passionate love.

    Companionship is by far the more important, one might argue. Passion is fleeting, or can take place without the aid of a single emotion other than a desire for each other. It might last a night or continue for months, but the only time attention is paid in any great effort is while the passion is taking place. By contrast, people who offer companionship put into the relationship their effort, concern and time. It goes deep between the two, lasting beyond hardship or cooled passion or the ordinariness of life. Companionship/passion has been written about throughout the ages. Passion ignites and is volatile verses the lasting stability of a true companion. Most cultures see them both as important but play different roles at different points in a lifetime.

    Because they are very different in function many cultures separate the distinct types of love-companionship (also known as comfort love) and romantic love (where lies the passion), or try to balance the forces of both, while others claim they do not need to take place with just one partner nor are they equally valued or honored.

    Comfort love is a deep affection for those with whom our lives are shared. It involves such feelings as friendship, understanding, compassion and a genuine concern where another