Wednesday, May 27, 2009

MONDAY THOUGHT ON WEDNESDAY....FRIENDSHIPS




Friendship is one of the many blessings God has given each one of us. I am so grateful for the lasting friendships that have grown with me through the years. As women, we know that true friendship is a sacred commodity. This is a relationship that is to be cherished for a lifetime. I have experienced friendships that have come and gone because of misunderstandings, differences in lifestyles, spiritual or personal growth. For whatever reasons, they have left a permanent mark on my heart of what true friendship really is.

I believe that God has given me lasting friendships of various cultures and backgrounds and I honestly say this with great humbleness.

Be you - love you! Accept your shortcomings, mistakes; accept that some people won't like you and some you don't need to be connected to anyway. For me, a quality relationship whether it is personal or professional is one based on character, excellence, and standards I set for my own life. Not perfection, but one of value that adds to my own and does not take away from who I really am.

There Is Joy In Being Your Own Best Friend. A true friend is someone who accepts you as you are, feels those fears and anxieties with you, and sees your limitations. A true friend will celebrate you, cry with you, and reason with you for your own good. I can truly say that I have a small, yet valuable set of friendships who have helped me to be the best I can be. However, I am learning to be my own best friend too, even at the age that I am! Many times I feel like I'm not where I need to be. I think of all the chapters in my life that I have already written good or bad and then I have to smile. I always find pure joy in laughing at my quirkiness, the silly things I say and do and believe me there have been many crazy times! When you become comfortable with yourself, you'll realize you don't need a crowd to feel good. This is truely a "best friend" I will never be without. Goofy and all!

Now go and share yourself with others and begin to be a best friend to them as you are to yourself! For what it is worth you are your own best friend to begin with.

ps-thanks to all my "new" blogger friends...and your comments, they always bring a smile to my face!

7 comments:

Frederica said...
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Granny on the Web said...

Hi Linda
A thought provoking post. I have spent too much of my life wishing I was someone else. Now I see it is me who I should accept and love.
Love Granny

Blessings each day said...

Very nicely put, Linda. In the Bible it says that a man must love his wife as his own body, so God wants us to love and care for ourselves.
It has also been said that you can't love others if you don't love yourself...of course that doesn't mean we need to stop at each mirror and give ourselves a kiss....or does it??? hee hee

blessings,

marcy

Diana said...

I love this post Linda because I have realized the older that I get, what friendship truly is. And I agree with everything that you wrote! It was beautifully written.

Scriptor Senex said...

A great post, Linda, very thought provoking.

Glad to be able to call you one of my blogger friends,
Love
John

allison said...

well well well linda, nice post. and i liked granny's comment. so true, but also so hard to live. you are definitely a dedicated blogger. keep it up! entertain us with your quirkiness that's so charming.

allison

Jerelene said...

I really liked this! I've been thinking about this sort of thing a lot lately. A lady aquaintance of mine..after meeting me decided she didn't like me. I was hoping for my son and hers to become friends. Without any warning or reason she just stopped talking to me. It hurt a lot!! My husband said "just don't worry about it," but it made me feel bad to think someone didn't like me and that I didn't know why. I guess I'm having to just except it :( I do know that not everyone in life is going to like you..but it is hard!! I appreciate that you posted this..right at a time when I needed to read it!! :) Good friends are gifts from God!! Love, Jerelene