As I have mentioned many times before, I am blessed in the friend department. I've got a friendship for every season and reason. The past few years, I haven't had much time to be a really good friend to my friends since life was overwhelming. I still managed to be there when I could and try as hard as I could.
One thing about me, I am a open book. You can ask me anything and I will answer honestly. Not much in my life that is off limits. There are a few things that I never talk about that I think should remain private but pretty much anything else is open for discussion.
Doesn't mean we always like what people ask us or that its always appropriate but that we should be transparent and share. It gives others the opportunity to give honest feedback when needed. I am thankful for friends who are honest when need be. Last week I had a friend tell me something that I needed to hear and I was thankful. It was well received because it was well meant.
Sometimes we can use our mouths in less than edifying ways and be a discouragement rather than a encouragement. Sometimes we don't stop and think before we speak. There is nothing worse than someone cutting you down or making a off hand remark that is hurtful. I really try to think before I speak and even pray about it. I have friends who are private and don't like to share things, I am never one to push sometimes to my detriment. It seems to be the way of the world these days for people to cut others down or be rude for no apparent reason. I strive to always take the high road. I heard a great saying today, " It's easy to take the high road but sometimes there are boulders along way."
I love when a friend takes these things and uses them to encourage. I've been encouraged by a particular friend a couple of times this week and it has really meant a lot. Especially when you're used to being the encourager and cheerleader. It's nice to have that in return.
This post is more a stream of consciousness post. Just my ramblings and thoughts, sharing what I have learned about friendship and what I like about it. Also, a way for me to share that I am always open for conversation, you can ask me anything and tell me something. This isn't cryptic, its not directed at one person, and has nothing to do with anybody. Just Jules being Jules,