May 24 Wisdom Recipes Thought for Today

Friendships

What is a friend? A single soul dwelling in two bodies.” ― Aristotle

We do not choose family members, classmates, and co-workers, but we do choose our friendships.  To have a friend, we need to learn to be a friend.  As Aristotle so beautifully said friends are two people who have a kinship. We tend to gravitate towards people who we are most like and share a common bond.  We sometimes struggle finding good friends, because as the old sage goes at the end of our lifetime, we can count our real friendships on the one hand; sometimes not realizing most people in our life are acquaintances.

So, we may wonder what makes a good friendship.  Individuals who seem to genuinely care for our best interest, who we can call upon in times of trouble, and a person who we can laugh with at life’s intricacies and enjoy time together.  We may share a mutual interest with our friends such as bowling on a Saturday night, liking the same football team and attend games together, or simply sitting together having a good conversation over a cup of coffee.  Without friendships, our life may feel hollow.

Therefore, it is just as important to maintain healthy friendships as it is to make friends. Like any relationship, communication, honesty, trust and respect is important in friendships.  We may travel down the same road with the same friendships for years. Sometimes we lose touch and not reconnect for several days, months or years later. Sometimes we outgrow each other and move on.  Whatever the case may be, we must understand the concept of being a good friend to make and maintain friendships to enhance our quality of life.

Just for Today

I will appreciate the friendships I have in my life.  I will look for ways to sustain and deepen my friendships.  I know to make a friend I must learn to be a friend.  Also, I understand how I treat myself will determine how other people will treat me.  I know real friendships do not stem by connecting through gossip filled conversations, but through intimacy by disclosure of thoughts, feelings, and life events.  By working through conflicts with effective communication is essential to keep the friendship growing.

Sometimes I understand friendships end because one or both people involved are on different paths. I will appreciate necessary endings as well as new beginnings as a part of life.  For the most valuable friendship is starting with myself through self-care and setting boundaries in all my relationships.  By remaining open to meeting new people, it will open up the opportunities to make new friendships and importantly, add further value to my life.

May 18 Wisdom Recipes Thought for Today

Starting Something New

For last year’s words belong to last year’s language and next year’s words await another voice.  And to make an end is to make a beginning.”― T.S. Eliot

I started this blog to share my life experiences of what has helped me to move forward during a dark period in my life. By sharing mine and other people’s experiences, I hope will help readers gain further insights into how to use coping skills to break through any barriers regardless of current circumstances. I hope to gain as much wisdom and learn from you as well as I hope you will learn from me.

I wish us the best on this journey we call life. Please take heart reader no matter what you may be going through, with time and perseverance you may gain your heart’s desires and improve the conditions of your life. Remember, knowledge is power and applied knowledge is powerful. The most powerful experience is lessons turned into wisdom. By sharing our experiences, knowledge, and wisdom like food recipes, create wisdom recipe cards to pass along to help others. Also, I will create other wisdom recipe blogs and pages to discuss various topics.

A little information about myself, I work at a State Government agency, an avid reader, have a Degree in Psychology and a PSI CHI life membership. I have goals and through my experience of setting and accomplishing goals, believe accomplishments and goal setting are essential in leading a purposeful life. Writing and expressions about life experiences, knowledge, and wisdom are my passions. My goal as a writer is to learn as I teach. Let it be a win/win combination for both writers and readers.

Just for Today
I will learn something new today. I will start something new to help me with self-development and to recognize the need by helping myself; I will be able to help others. I will be courageous and have faith if things do not work out or I try something I do not like, I can always try something else. By trying new things, I am keeping my mind active and getting out of my comfort zone. Also, by taking risks, I will open myself to new opportunities that await me. From this day forward, life is about learning and living, and I will not spend another minute hesitating in self-doubt and fears. I will leave no stone unturned and will write a bucket list of new things I want to try and live life to the fullest. We get one life, I will live it well.