Do You Like Your Friends?

It is often said that our friends say a great deal about who we are.

What you must know is that our friends may serve as mirrors in various ways. They could be critics, support, a getaway filled with love and relaxation or warning voices that remind us of the important things we may have forgotten over time.

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With friends in Finland in 2013.

 

Different individuals in your circle of friends could remind you of the different things you either love or struggle with – just observe your reactions to their words and you’ll understand what I mean. On the other hand, you might have one or several friends who seem to bring out the best in you.

You might also wonder where these differences come from.

Our friends do not decide who we are – they simply reflect the aspects of already existing self image back to us.

Your friends who feel good about themselves and/or your mutual friendship are probably the ones who make you feel hopeful, happy and seem to bring out the best in you. At the same time, you might have a friend who always makes you appreciate your life simply because they don’t appreciate theirs, focusing on everything that’s wrong with it. This person might make you appreciate your life but also makes you want to keep your distance due to their morose outlook.

Most importantly, what kind of people do you want to surround yourself with from now on? What specifically do you want to have in common with them? Do you want these individuals to be upbeat, creative or intellectual above everything else?

How do you see the time you want to spend together? What do you want to be doing and discussing?

As you can see, your friends can impact you in many ways. LoA states that those we meet mirror our true selves back to us but it doesn’t always explain the ways in which this might happen. Now that you know, you can examine the company you keep and why.

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So, what do you value in the company you keep and why? What have you learned from the people you choose to surround yourself with or are currently surrounded with due to your current circumstances?

Share your personal findings in the comment section below!

 

 

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