We are drawn to people who have things in common with us. When we spend time with these people, they often become friends. Along with the things we have in common, we may find that some friends think along the same lines that we do. Occasionally, friends may appear to “just know” what we need to hear and when we need to hear it. These friends have generally been with us for a long time so it all comes naturally.
However, it’s the new friends, who often encourage us to grow the most. At least in my experience, it has to do with them having a different perspective or stating things in a different way that strikes a chord with me. I was recently reminded of this by a new friend. So…
I’d like to take a few seconds to say how thankful I am for the friends who have stuck by me over the years, telling me things I needed to hear (whether I wanted to hear it or not.) I am also thankful for my new friends, who are kind, patient, understanding, and encourage me to grow, even when they don’t realize that is what they are doing.
Think about your friends – new and old. Why are you thankful for them?