I ran across this quote not too long ago and it really rang true:
The people that we surround ourselves with have a huge impact on us, whether we realize it or not. Because we spend time with them, our friend circle impacts our thought processes, our view on life, our goal setting, and much more. But how many of us are really careful about choosing our circle? Sometimes, it seems that our friend group develops by happenstance and often that leads to great friendships. I would argue, however, that every once in a while we should take inventory to make sure our friends are reflective of the type of person we want to be and be around. Friends should motivate us, encourage us, support us, and challenge us. If you’re finding that you have a friend with whom you dread spending time, it might be time to make some adjustments! Here are some qualities of good friends:
- They share your values
- They keep you accountable for reaching your goals
- They see things in you that you don’t see in yourself
- They accept your faults but continue to push you and challenge you
- They tell you when you’re wrong
- They keep what you say in confidence at all times
- They suspend judgment
- They pray for you
- You can laugh and cry with them
- They always have your back
I’m sure there are other things we might want to add to this list. Hopefully, this also has you reflecting on the kind of friend that you are. Do you give this in your relationships? Have you been slacking as a friend? It’s not too late to turn things around.
Thanks for reading and make Well Choices!