On Choosing Friends
It is a matter I have never given much thought to, though I have thought about who NOT to choose as a friend. When teaching 5th grade I often talked to my students about how they should choose friends. 1.) People who do things that embarrass you or make you feel uncomfortable are not your friends. 2.) If the people you hang out with are constantly in trouble and leading you in to trouble too, they are not your friends. 3.) If your friend is only your friend when you have something he wants, he is not your friend.
At David’s prmpting, I thought about my friends — my truly good friends — and realized they all have something in common. I look up to and admire them. They all have qualities I would like to better nurture in myself. My friends are honest, hard-working but fun-loving people. I can easily say that the quality I admire most in each of them is integrity.
So — my friends are people with whom I share like values, goals and beliefs, and each and everyone of them are people who challenge me to try harder, do better, and become more.