WHAT KIND OF FRIEND ARE YOU?

Lately I've had a great deal of time to think - to reflect. I began to think about friends. We have many types of "friends" in our lives.

There are those we call friends who stand shoulder-to-shoulder with us - kickin' ass and takin' numbers. We never have to ask for their help, because they KNOW we need it and are right beside us.

There are those who are best at telling us what we NEED to hear (not to be confused with those who say what we WANT to hear). Their words are often difficult to accept - but accept them we must...for our own good.

There are those we turn to for comfort. These are the gentle souls who always seem to know the "right" thing to say in any situation and are the very best at making us feel better when our spirits sag.

We have friends who teach us...make us laugh...make us cry. Our regular interactions with friends enrich our lives. We may not have a great number of them, but we treasure (most of the time) those we allow into our lives.

Take a moment from your busy day to think about it.

WHAT KIND OF FRIEND ARE YOU?


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