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Friends, Romans, Countrymen..Lend Me Your Ears!

Philia Love, commonly known as “brotherly love” occurs between family or friends. That is not to say that just because you are related to someone you automatically share a Philia love. We all have one or two people (I’m being conservative here) in our family that we would rather not have to deal with…the mean uncle who never has a kind word, the annoying sister who is always playing the victim or the conspiracy theory believing cousin that thinks the world is going to hell in a hand basket! 😱 It’s true you can’t choose your family, but thank God you can choose your friends! That is in fact how many friends become your family. The term “friend” should not be used lightly. I know a lot of people but not all of them are considered friends. Friends are people who know all about you but love you anyway. 🤗 Why do some people have so many friends?👩🏾‍🦱👨🏻🧑🏻‍🦰🧑🏾‍🦲👵🏿🧕🏼🧔🏽 Well, it’s because all of our needs can’t be met in one individual. I came across an excerpt from Barking Up the Wrong Tree by Eric Barker entitled The 8 Kinds of Friends You Need to Be Happy in Life, which you can read here. Here is a summary of how he classified friends:

  • The Builder: If you were a sports team, they'd be the "Coach."

  • The Champion: Pom-poms not included.

  • The Collaborator: The unindicted co-conspirator.

  • The Companion: They'll be at the police station at 3 a.m. with bail money. Again.

  • The Connector: This is the friend you and I probably have in common.

  • The Energizer: (I'm currently taking applications.)

  • The Mind Opener: If they sent you this blog post, I'm flattered.

  • The Navigator: Like a high school guidance counselor, except useful.

How many types of friends are in your squad? Which type of friend are you? 👥 I like to think that I am mostly the Companion, but I can be different things to different people, according to their needs. Here are a couple of questions for you to ponder: How can you choose better friends? How can you be a better friend? (Hint: Read the above mentioned excerpt for suggestions.) Random thought: If best is a superlative meaning better than the rest, how many best friends can a person have?🗣👥👥👥👤 #Family #Friends

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