Crossing racial and gender lines, I call a selected few my true friends. It is said that you basically need five types of friends. Without calling my friends by name, let me provide you with their descriptions. The comedian is the friend who makes you laugh and interjects humor into your life. The risk taker is the adventurer who stimulates you beyond the status quo. The loyalist will stand by your side through thick and thin no matter what. The challenger always encourages you to maximize your position. The life coach is the friend who you can talk to about anything without judgment being passed. A few of my friends have amazingly combined these five ingredients into one. From Mississippi to Ohio with an extension into multiples states, I am truly blessed as I have these wonderful loving people in my life. Their professions are too multiple to outline. Regardless of what they do on their day jobs, I believe that they sincerely care about me and me, them! We genuinely want the best for each other and do not begrudge the other. Motivation is in; jealously is out. Love flows in all direction as does our advice. I made a basic discovery years ago – The type of friend that you are is just as important as the type of friends that you have! It is my responsibility to give to them what they give to me. It is a two way street. It is what friends do!
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This previously posted blog is part of this week’s “Friend” series.