Wednesday, April 15, 2009
Eight Kinds of Friends Postnote
If you have been reading for the last 9 days, you got an introduction to my ideas about the eight kinds of friends, then day by day, a little more detail on the ways each of them make your life better. Remember that just as there are specialists in life that do only one thing and that one thing really well, there are also generalists who do a number of different things at a time at a higher level. So these friendship types are the specialists. In reality, each of your friends is a little bit of this and a little bit of that and quite a lot of another thing. There probably are overlaps and duplicates! Now that you have spent a little time thinking about how there are different kinds of friends and how each friend fills a unique set of needs for you, I hope that you will be both more appreciative of the value of each friend and also a little more forgiving of each friend for not being everything all the time. I hope you have seen that some of the ways that friends help us are indeed contradictory and that not one friend can be all things all the time. I hope that you see that your often changing and sometimes conflicting needs demand some wisdom on your part in choosing which friend you seek out for each situation. I hope my ideas here will help you see your friends for the value and enrichment they bring to your life. And I hope you will realize that each friend can only do so much and it is up to you to find and bring out the best in your friends just like they do in you! We are all in this together, we need each other, and together, we can make wonderful things happen!