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Walk with the wise and become wise, for a companion of fools suffers harm.

Proverbs 13:20

If we stopped and evaluated those around us would we be able to truly tell friend from foe? Are our friendships adding or taking from our lives? Are we a better us because of them? If the answer is no, it’s time for change. Friendships are important to our lives. They provide laughter, opportunity for growth, and adventure. As women, wives, mothers, and those of us with stressful jobs we need positive friendships. Friendships keep us going and give us encouragement. However, it’s not just about having a good friend it’s also about being one. Every day we should strive to be the friend that we want. We often get so hung up in what we need from friends that we forget what they need from us. Be open, understanding, and positive. Friendships are important relationships to each of us.

This week take some time to think of the people you call friends. Are you surrounding yourself with the greatness that you deserve? Are you being the friend that your friends deserve? Now is the time to sever friendships that harm you and to strengthen those that help.

“There is nothing I would not do for those who are really my friends. I have no notion of loving people by halves, it is not my nature.”

              Jane Austen, Northanger Abbey

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