We surround ourselves with people for various reasons. Proximity, family, colleagues, compadres, friends, similar interests and many, many other reasons. There are people we spend time with who keep us in a box. By meaning to or not meaning to they prevent us from being creative, original, or growing beyond the person they are willing to know. It is easier to keep us like them. They know what to expect and where they stand. Neither they nor us change much or move beyond what we currently understand.
Then there are friends and supporters who encourage us to be more than we ever imagined. They encourage us, support us, and help us become more than we both ever thought possible. Spending time with them is beneficial for both parties, and the thought of staying within the box is the farthest thing from their minds. They are the ones who urge us towards creativity, originality, and moments where we blossom into our true selves.
I am fortunate to have friends who share of themselves on a regular basis. Their joy and enthusiasm for who they are is infectious. Their desire to get better, learn and grow overflows and impacts those they are around. I feel stronger and better every time I have the opportunity to spend time sharing their thoughts and ideas. I know I am a better person because they are in my life.
So which type of friend, family, compadre or colleague are you? Do you know, want to know, or are you even willing to ask? Sometimes you can tell by how many people want to be around you…think about it. Strive today to be a better friend than you were yesterday.