You can’t have a light without a dark to stick it in.
– Arlo Guthrie
Today I start with this quote. I say this because I am sick of being in a funk. Bad days….good days…its life! Life is all about what you make of it. Part of this funk includes a harsh realization of who my friends really are and whom of which I can depend on…which surprisingly enough are a TON.
Friends make everything better. If they are sincerely your friend, they will be there with you in heart, soul, love, and in your life! When they exit, they really aren’t leaving for good but just taking a vacation. So many times we get bogged down with the everyday grind that it’s difficult to see the light. Friends get you to refocus yourself back on the light. They can untangle the mess your in and help you get back on track.
Isn’t it amazing how well things work out when we keep things in perspective? That bad day we had three weeks ago doesn’t seem all that bad now. You survived! It is inevitable that you are going to have more bad days to come…can you survive those too? YES! Yes you can. Keep yourself in check and support those in their efforts. Be a friend.
There are different levels of friendship but a friend is a friend none the less. Keep an open and understanding heart to all those who are in your life and even to those who aren’t. Did you know that you can be a friend to a complete stranger? Amazing isn’t it?! Stay positive for yourself first and foremost. Stay positive and strong for those around you. Be kind to everyone…not just those who you consider friends. I love this quote by Plato, “Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle”. But, most of all have compassion toward all.
Everyone struggles with their life. No one said life was going to be easy. Doing the right thing, being there for someone even when it is inconvenient for you, loving someone even though they don’t love you back…these are all hard things to do but, if practiced often it helps keep things in perspective. When practiced, you shift your whole outlook on humanity, yourself, others, your relationship with others…etc.
I cannot teach you to be positive. I cannot teach you kindness. I cannot teach you to be compassionate. I can show you how to be positive, kind, and compassionate though!
Reach out. Be a friend to someone today. They might really need someone’s kind words to help them thru their unheard battles. They might just really need someone to listen or take interest in them. Or maybe just a heartfelt encouraging note. It doesn’t take much to be a friend. It merely takes a simple act of love. This is so fitting…http://www.actoflovefoundation.org/.