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Life is beautiful whether you're soaking in sunshine or caught in a thunderstorm. I take the beauty of life for granted too often. I have a supportive husband who I don't want to live life without, a beautiful son who is always reminding me of the simple things that really matter, and an independent daughter who is teaching me to throw schedules out the window and live in the moment. My day is made when free samples fill my mailbox. I love discovering a new product and sharing it with others. I hope you will enjoy reading my posts and will share your stories with me as well.

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

The Importance of Drama-Free Friends

I've never been the type to have a BFF.  I just find the whole concept of a BFF elementary age silliness.  But I am all about surrounding myself with positive and honest friends.  I love the quote above because this past year I have found it so true. I'm the person that has the
B personality and will try to make everyone happy.  But it's E-X-H-A-U-S-T-I-N-G and
 I-M-P-O-S-S-I-B-L-E.  This past year, I've learned that life is easier when you get rid of friendships that drain you.  I have had friends where it seems their friendship was always about competition.  I've had friends who were just moochers.  I've even had friends that just used me for my position and could care less about me.  How can those people be making my life better?  They weren't and it was time to move on.
There's nothing sweeter than having friends that truly care about you.  I absolutely love getting a text from a friend that just says I love you...hope you have a great day!  No strings attached.  It completely makes my day when I get a card in the mail from a friend telling me she's thankful for me.  I love knowing I can text one of my friends asking her to pray for me and she will.  It's not the superficial "praying for ya" comment.  "Praying for ya" has turned into as normal as asking "How are you".  It's just something to say but you don't really mean it.  But that's an entire blog post for another day.
Proverbs 17:22 says "A merry heart doeth good like a medicine:  but a broken spirit drieth the bones."  How great is it to be able to laugh (I'm talking a deep belly laugh that makes your sides hurt) with friends? 
Acts 20:35b says "It is more blessed to give than to receive."  How awesome is it to give something to your friends because you want to and not because you are expecting a gift in return?  Do you give to others expecting to get something in return?.
Philippians 4:8 says "Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things."  Have you ever had a friend who was constantly negative?  They had nothing nice to say and the world was always falling apart in tiny pieces all around them.   How refreshing is it to have a positive friend; one that finds the cup half full rather than half empty?
Proverbs 11:13 says "A gossip betrays a confidence, but a trustworthy person keeps a secret."  Are you the type of person that your friends know that they can talk to you and "what is said in the room stays in the room"?  How easy is it to say "it's not gossip, it's just a prayer request" as an excuse to tell others?
So what kind of friend are you?  Are you the friend that people want to have in their life or people are trying to weed out?  Are you the giver in the friendship or the moocher?  Is there a "friend" in your life that is bringing you down?  It's time to move on from that friendship.  Life is more beautiful with drama-free friends.

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