I feel like I haven’t written in a long time! I have had my niece and nephew over a lot and we’ve been quite busy. We have walked to the park, gone swimming, etc. and just enjoyed our last couple weeks of summer vacation. We have only one week left until the kids go back to school. We’ve had a fantastic summer with one mini beach vacation. However, I feel it’s not about getting away to enjoy life (although, I have to admit….it is pretty nice 🙂 ). We’ve had many opportunities to learn valuable lessons throughout our summer. One lesson that I want my children to grow to appreciate fully is the value of friendship. Of true friendship. I have always said that I would rather have one or two true friends than one hundred fake friends. You know what I’m talking about.
I was reading in a daily inspiration journal the other night and one proverb popped up that I loved. Well, honestly, I love the first part. 🙂 “A friend loves at all time, and a brother is born for adversity.” Proverbs 17:17. I believe the first part. Friendship is unconditional, loving, and full of giving and receiving. I would like to believe that the second half can be changed. Although, the summer is starting to get a bit long with my three boys. 🙂 I think the adversity part they seem to be practicing daily! Hahaha.
We do talk A LOT about friendship in our house. How to be a good friend and how to choose good friends to surround yourself with. I believe brothers can be one of those good friends. In my daily journal, I read how rich your life is if you have a friend that is like a marriage partner-sticks with you for better or for worse. If you have more than one friend like that, you are a wealthy person. I can honestly say I am a wealthy person. The daily journal also says that “many things in life are not left to our choosing, but friendships are.” Over the years, I have learned this lesson over and over. Who do I surround myself with? People that lift me up, help me grow, or bring me down?
My children are learning the valuable lesson of friendship and have had several example of different kinds of friends. I have heard my boys say at times, “I just want them to like me. I don’t want to say anything that would cause them not to like me.” I am hoping to instill in them that you can, and should, always be your authentic self with your friends. Always. You should always be able to speak what is in your heart and mind (in a positive way) and your friends still be there for you. If they have to walk on eggshells around a friend, then they are truly not a friend. I ask them, who do you surround yourself with? People that help you grow or bring you down?
I know this is a lesson that will be taught over and over (especially through teen years. Ack!). However, I am hopeful that they will grow to be confident in who they are, where they are going, and learn the power of a true friend.