Sincere. True. Real. Faithful. Loyal. Genuine. Unpretentious. Righteous…..
Fake. Phony. Insincere. Bogus. Artificial. Fraudulent. Bitter. Jealous…….
Which character traits sound the most appealing? Those which show true concern, love, friendship, and compassion, or those that show cruelty, anger, resentment, and hatred? We have all known people on both sides of this. I have dealt with many people who pretended to be my “friends,” or pretended to care, only to feel used or tossed aside when I could do nothing more for them, or if they saw me as some sort of threat. I’ve also been blessed to have people in my life who have shown true compassion and care toward me. Whether it is the recent weather emergency here in Florida, an illness, the loss of a family member or friend, or a difficult job situation, I know exactly who I can or can’t count on for kind words, a helping hand, a hug, or just a shoulder to lean on. I also know who just doesn’t give a damn. Let’s avoid those schmucks!
Recently, I have been very fortunate to see the good in a lot of people. Stepping up to be my friend, offer support, and showing true concern to someone who is struggling speaks volumes about that person’s character. To know that I have people in my life who truly care about me (and Al) is extremely comforting, and we would do the same for them. Family, friends, friends who become family…….I am loyal, and I don’t forget when someone is good to me. I also don’t forget when someone treats me badly. I’m not vindictive or petty, but I remember how people have made me feel, and it isn’t very easy to open that door again once it has been shut. There’s a pretty good chance that I will keep someone at arm’s length if they hurt me or someone I love. I will not be rude or unkind, but it’s hard to forget feeling hurt, especially if you have been there for them in times of need.
What kind of person do you want to be? A true friend who is loving, kind, and supportive? Or one who is insincere, artificial, and selfish? I know who I strive to be (not always successful!) and I’m glad I have some very real and loyal people in my life.
Be real. Be kind. Be sincere. Be supportive. Be a friend.