Friends are ever changing in your life. Friends will come in and out of your life, much like the seasons change. Some of them are there for life, and you can’t picture life without them. Others, come in and out of your life to carry energy, which affects your life in various ways.
Different Types of Friendships
Be open to changes in the friendships and the company you keep. While you may gain more friendships as you move from stage to stage in life, you’re sure to lose some as well. As your career, your mindset and your goals and dreams change, some friendships may interfere with your progress. You’ll find it’s time to let them go.
Be Who You Are
While friends may come and go, you should stay consistent with who you are. Stay open to new friendships. As you evolve, so will your friendships. Romantic relationships may even develop from these friendships. Some marriages and relationships start off from simple friendships. Stay open and don’t be afraid to open up to new possibilities in connecting. Do not be apprehensive about letting go of those who no longer belong in your life. Learn the art of letting go, and the art of staying open to welcome the new!
“Forgiveness is not always easy. At times, it feels more painful than the wound we suffered, to forgive the one that inflicted it. And yet, there is no peace without forgiveness.”
Has someone done something to you that seems unforgivable, a betrayal of sorts? They lied. They did something to make you lose trust in them. Maybe you’re at a place where you’re seeking revenge.
Avoid Seeking Revenge
In this moment, take a step back. Take time to heal. What’s been done in the past should have no power over the future or the present. It’s going to take more energy for you to hold this grudge rather than letting go of it. The person who hurt you has made their bed in regard to what will be returned to them for the pain they’ve caused.
Heal by Offering Forgiveness
Forgiving them and putting their fate, and your faith, in the hands of someone greater is the first step in the healing process. Cutting off their source of power over you will allow you to see change in your life. The pain from past relationships, jobs, arguments and discussions will not hinder your future success.
None of Us Are Innocent
We’re not perfect. We’ve all done things that have caused someone else pain. Be accountable for your actions and recognize your impact on the lives you touch. Maybe you’ve done something seemingly unforgivable. Forgive yourself! Focus on living life with positivism, which is both given and reciprocated by the people you surround yourself with.
On this Monday, start the healing process. Reclaim your time today! No one can hold you back from this process unless you give them the power. Be at peace in your life and at peace with the events of the past. Your future is so bright! Move forward in faith.
Have you ever had a friend who was in a situation where he or she was being mistreated? They accept the treatment, which is unhealthy and diminishing to their character. You can talk to them all you want about what they deserve, but it doesn’t seem to work. It’s like the saying that goes, “You can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make him drink.”
Offer Advice…To a Point
Advice is like the water. You can only try so hard to replenish your friends and family with a new perspective. They resist and give excuses as to why they stay or how the situation is improving. Today, be the person that leads a friend to water. They may not drink, but your effort will not go unnoticed.
More importantly, reflect on yourself and your relationships. Recognize the toxic relationships in your life. Whether it’s at work or at home, there are always signs when you’re being unappreciated and mistreated. Friendships are not immune to toxicity either. There’s always that one negative friend. The family member who always points out the faults in your life when you seem to be improving.
Avoid Carrying Burdens
It’s almost impossible to prosper in life when you carry the burden of relationships that stump you on your journey. Allow today to be a day of cleansing. Purge the bad to allow room for the good. You have to empty before you can refill!