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The Strangers You Call Friends

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For those of us who are kindhearted, generous, and well-intentioned, life is loaded with some very tough decisions when it comes to the people we consider friends and colleagues. We prefer offering help from exploiting others, and we prefer keeping in touch than cutting ties.

But life isn’t all sunshine and rainbows. And it is a rarity to find people whose hearts are really worth a pot of gold.

Sometimes we get attached to seemingly good people. Sometimes, even when we know some ties need to be cut, we keep those ties tight thinking that is how we are destined to be.

But those around you need to be put in perspective and within the context of your life.

None of those around you, save your mother, was there once you gasped your breath and cried when you came into this world. Everyone was, at one point in time, a complete stranger to you and someone whom your inner instincts told you to be cautious around.

After a while, and after several interactions, some people became your acquaintances and colleagues, and a few of those gradually became your friends.

And yet, some of those eventually walked away. Even in today’s world of instant communication capabilities and social media, they rarely bother to greet you even on a weekly basis, and when a message from you pops up in their inbox, they reciprocate the gesture eons later.

If you are still reaching out to people of that nature, reciprocate their silence and, before you know it, you will realize that some of whom you called friends are, in fact, strangers or acquaintances at best.

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People Priorities

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Spring Lake (by Nick Harris)

There are people we meet are grow quite fond of after a while. Yet, sometimes after that while, the fondness we end up feeling toward them is not reciprocated or mirrored back, and yet we still feel that there, for some unclear reason we should continue to spend time reaching out to them.

It is a simple rule: Spend time and energy for those who prove to be willing to spend the same for you. Never spend a minute provide another favor of some sort for someone who has never shown the decency to spend a moment with you.

With that said, those who do prove to be trustworthy, reliable, and loyal deserve much of your time and effort to keep building a true and lasting relationship.

And when someone does show loyalty and trustworthiness, cherish that person well. Leaving them to the world is tantamount to throwing a diamond in the sea.

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