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Assessing Friendships
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Tuesday, January 31, 2006
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Assessing Friendships


A friend who really cares
Will sit with you and kick the darkness

They will also tell you the truth

If those you call friends don't
They are just acquaintances

Nothing wrong with that
But  it's good to know the difference

Many have several "caring friends"
Some have only one,sadly many have none

What is the reason some have "caring" friends, the kind that believe in unconditional love

While many have friends,that are good
But won't go the distance

The person who hasn't any really caring friends,is usually the one that's at fault

I remember a time I was so independent ,wouldn't let anyone help me, or get close.I had to do all the giving and caring

That eventually came to an end when I died,and was resuscitated after my first heart attack

Strange everything seemed different afterwards, good friends became cherished people I trusted

Before that, I was the giver and doer
I learned from one of my good caring friends

She said,"Eileen, I hate to hurt you, but you are not being fair. 'It's more blessed to give than to receive.' You follow that well, but what about
others, I want the blessing of giving too, and you stop me from getting it with you. Stop being so stubborn and let me help you"

The excellent caring friend who said that to me is the kind of friend of which we can count ourselves blessed

Believe it or not I never thought of it like that. I followed in my mother's footsteps thinking ,what she did had to be right

We should  look at all angles of situations, we can become selfish, without knowing it

Fixing ourselves on goals with determination we may overlook how it effects others

If I had continued to be stubbornly independent I would have lost the bond of true friendship

For it is a give and take relationship, with each, having to learn how to give and how to take

So when you are assessing your friendships, and find you are lacking the best kind, take a closer look at yourself, you may find the answer




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Reviewed by Kay P Devenish 2/4/2006
Wow,thank you Eileen for this fabulous write and also for shring your own life's experience with us.This is very inspiring.
Love from Kay.
Reviewed by Carole Mathys 1/31/2006
Beautiful truths Eileen, I am blessed with several good friends that help me when needed, as I do with them. I thank God everyday that I learned that lesson before it was too and peace to you
Reviewed by Janet Parker 1/31/2006
This afternoon, I was thinking about friendships and how my best friends live far away. I am always the giver with some of my friends. This writing really speaks to me and it is exactly what I needed to read.
Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner 1/31/2006
Excellent, powerful truths in these words today, Eileen, well written and love that and I (kinda) on the same page, you just say it better than me. :)

(((HUGS))) and love, Karla.
Reviewed by Dawn Richerson 1/31/2006
great message here
Reviewed by Jane Rodway 1/31/2006
This is true-at times we do not look deep enough at ourselves. LOVED the photo.
Reviewed by Tracey Hardie 1/31/2006
I so love that picture.. and what is the world without friends.
Reviewed by Tinka Boukes 1/31/2006
Very wel expressed Eileen!!

Love Tinka
Reviewed by Kate Clifford 1/31/2006
Fantastic write of how reflection works when one is unhappy with a situation in their lives. We bring into our lives the reflections that help us to grow. So if something is making you unhappy or something is not working the way you think it should stare at the continued reflection for your anwser :-) This one is priceless in its wisdom.
Reviewed by George Carroll 1/31/2006
Frienship is a gift from God and blessed is the person who has one or more good friends. Excellent write from a very wise person.
Reviewed by Steve Patterson 1/31/2006
Great wisdom well expressed.

me - got kids, don't need friends.
Reviewed by Gwen Dickerson 1/31/2006
Three cheers to you for this insightful write, Eileen! Nice picture, too!
Reviewed by Retta (Reindeer) Mckenzie 1/31/2006
Beautifully written and so very true Eileen, these are wonderful words to live by!

Reviewed by Peter Paton 1/31/2006
What a Friend we have in Jesus Eileen !
The best friend of all !!
Reviewed by Jerry Bolton (Reader) 1/31/2006
I believe in looking at all angels, but when I see something I don't like, or someone I don't like, I don't want my thinking corrupted with smoke and mirrors. Good.
Reviewed by Sandie Angel 1/31/2006
What an adoring photo., Eileen! You have also defined friendship so well. :)

There are angels amongst us everyday, and I know my friends are them.

Sandie May Angel a.k.a. Sandie Angel :o)
Reviewed by Shoma Mittra 1/31/2006
So very true Eileen. As always a wonderful write.
Reviewed by Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado 1/31/2006

As always, sage advice from you; I am blessed indeed in having you as one of my friends! God bless you, dear heart! Well done!

(((HUGS))) and much love, your Texas friend, Karen Lynn. :D
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