I came across this quote this weekend while reading blogs. I found it over at Harassed Mom‘s blog. I found her through the NaBloPoMo site. We are NaBloPoMo buddies. She has some really thought provoking questions on her blog for today. After you read mine – OBVIOUSLY – jump over to her’s and see what she asks. Tough ones!
Ok, the quote! It is so good! And it is so true! It speaks to me in a real way right now for several reasons. It’s a quote from Plato. Even a man born in Athens in 347 B.C. knew something many people don’t understand in 2011.
Nothing but heaven itself is better than a friend who is really a friend. – Plato
WOW! Why is it so difficult for us to be “real” friends today? Is it that we aren’t surrounded by people who know how to put others above ourselves? In what world is it ok to love self more than others? I guess I’ve really learned a lot about friendship in the last 18 months. How does one we call “friend” not text or contact a friend in the days when they are going through something in their life that could be forever life altering? It’s times like what I’ve been through that you really learn who your true friends are – who your REAL friends are. I have challenged myself since all that has happened in the last 18 months to put myself aside to show how much I care about friends I love. It’s disappointing and heartbreaking to think about how much you must truly mean to someone when you are going through the worst time of your entire life thus far and not receive any contact from those who call you “friend” for days or weeks at a time. Really?
If I have learned one thing (and I have honestly learned enough to write a book) it is who my true friends are. If I expect to have friends I must show myself friendly. I have to be to others what I expect for them to be to me. Proverbs 18:24 says if I want to have friends then I have to show myself as friendly. I am learning more and more about what that means. And I’m also learning more and more about what that does NOT mean and THAT is painful! But at the same time I would rather know who my real friends are. Life is too short to allow people into your heart who are not honest and true. I’m cleaning out the cobwebs and making room for true friends. Are your friends honest and true? Do you have some cobwebs to clean out too?