Choose Friends Carefully and Treat Them Well
By Sandy Schroeder
Friends come and friends go. The good ones linger a long long time and make life so much better. If you pick them carefully, you could wind up with a nice crop of individuals who will help you share life through all of the good and bad times.
If you are careless, you might wind up with some friends who turn out to be not so friendly, We have all had a few friends who saw us as convenient opportunities to further their own goals, becoming great listening posts, or financial boosts when needed.
Sometimes those "friends" can be subtle. Just when you think they are listening, they are not. When you really need them to be there, they can't be found. When you need a financial boost, they are just not able to help.
A wise friend of mine told me to evaluate people by what they do, not what they say. Overall, that may be true. I have had friends who were very glib, but upon closer inspection all of their actions contradicted their words.
On the other hand, real true friends never forget that you are there. I have friends that I worked with right after school that I am still in touch with. We get together for lunches and reminisce about our work days. At various times, these same friends have stepped up whenever I needed a pat on the back or a word of encouragement. They all had busy lives but they were never too busy to take time out for me. I responded in kind.
I have other friends who are scattered across the country. We manage to stay in touch too and see each other when we can. These individuals are also rare birds with a quick sense of humor, gift for understanding, and a talent for giving back and reaching out.
If you have friends that measure up, you know what a valuable asset that can be. Count them as treasure, and do your best to treat them well. When they need to talk, or need a little help, show up and be there. You can be sure they will do the same.
Finally, always leave the door open for more. I am always delighted when I find a casual acquaintance becoming a trusted friend. That's how good friendships work, and you can never have too many.
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