Friends & Foes
The hero’s Friends and Foes have a large bearing on the Path of Trials. The Friends help the hero with making decisions and overcoming challenges. The Foes do the opposite, often confusing matters or deliberately hindering the hero. Sometimes people who appear to be Friends are actually Foes and vice versa. There are also the rare people who are Friends some times and Foes others.
Where would Harry Potter, Lance Armstrong, Frodo, Aung San Suu Kyi, and Spiderman be without their friends? Just as unforgettable are their foes. A hero is often defined by their Friends and Foes.
The middle school girl has many friends and a few foes among her peer group and teachers. As a middle school girl, she is perhaps the hero with the greatest number of friends who switch between friend and foe. The college student has found a few like-minded people to count on and encountered many people willing to knock him from his path. Our teacher has a friend in the new principal, but many of the teachers who supported the status quo from before have become foes. The entrepreneur has found a few friends in the field and a number of customers have become foes – not paying on time.