January 3, 2018
A man’s friendships are one of the best measures of his worth.
As many of you know my favorite hobby is collecting friends. I have learned how important they are in my life. I am at the age where too many leave this world each year and it is important to keep filling the void they leave.
Time magazine recently published an article on our need for friends. It is far too long to reprint here but I do want to share with you the types of friends they feel we need, I have added some of my thoughts.
These Are the 8 Types of Friends You Need in Your Life
By Eric Barker
1) The Builder
Just because you’re not in Little League anymore doesn’t mean you don’t need a coach. Someone who motivates you and encourages you to take it to the next level. That supportive friend who believes in your potential and won’t let you rest on your laurels.
2) The Champion
We all need a friend who isn’t afraid to break out the pom-poms and play cheerleader. Somebody who roots for you and describes you to others in a way that makes you blush.
Who loves that same strange thing that you love? Who is that friend that the moment you see each other you roll up your sleeves and get to work on the next big caper?3) The Collaborator
4) The Companion
Simply put: a best friend. They won’t just help you move; they’ll help you move bodies. The person who will still be there when everyone else has very wisely run for cover.
5) The Connector
No matter what the issue, they know somebody who can help. They make friends more often than most people make excuses. Even if they were locked in solitary confinement with no one to talk to, they’d end up best pals with the prison guard.
Thanks Lacy Leadership friends
6) The Energizer
That fun friend. The person you’re always laughing around. The one who always knows the great place to go or the awesome thing to do.
7) The Mind Opener
They send you interesting articles. They get you to question your assumptions. Talking to them makes your brain do things straight out of the dream sequences from “Inception.”
8) The Navigator
Sometimes it feels like you’re in Hell, Dante — and you are gonna need a Virgil. Sometimes they’re a mentor, sometimes they’re a sounding board, but they’re always your GPS system for when you don’t know which exit to take on the highway of life.
Good friends help you to find important things when you have lost them… your smile, your hope, and your courage.
They were on their way to the hospital where their 16-year-old daughter was scheduled to undergo a tonsillectomy. During the ride, they talked about how the procedure would be performed.
“Dad,” she asked, “how are they going to keep my mouth open during the surgery?”
“That’s easy,” he said. “They’re going to give you a phone.”
I don’t know if I ever told you that I almost had a psychic girlfriend but she left me before we met.
A guest lecturer to the Medical college stopped by the bulletin board. Listed for the day was the topic, “Surprises in Obstetrics”. Scrawled under it in pencil were the words, “Mary had a little lamb”
“Life is too important to be taken seriously.”
Three very pious Jews dressed in long black coats with beards were playing golf. A guy name Mulhaney wanted to play golf and this was the only threesome in which he could play. So, he joins the Rabbis and plays 18 holes. At the end of the 18 holes, his score was 104. The Rabbis had shot 69, 70 and 72. So, he says to the Rabbis “How come you guys shoot such good golf?”
The lead Rabbi says, “When you lead a religious life, join and attend the right synagogue, you are rewarded.”
Mulhany, a true lover of golf, thinks what have I got to lose. He finds a synagogue near his home, converts to Judaism, joins the synagogue, regularly attends services and leads a holy life. About a year later, he again plays golf with the three Rabbis. He shoots a 104 and they shoot a 69, 70 and 71. He says to them: “OK, I converted, joined a synagogue, live a religious life and I still shoot a 104. What’s the deal?”
“What synagogue did you join?” asks the lead Rabbi.
“Beth Shalom” is the reply
The Rabbi retorted, “Schmuck, that one is for tennis!”
What is the essence of being human? – Not understanding the opposite sex.
Approaching the counter at a local post office, I said to the stern-faced woman on the other side, “Are you the Postmistress?”
“No!” she replied testily, “I’m the Postmaster – Uncle Sam doesn’t pay me enough to be anyone’s mistress.”
The advantage of having really bad credit is that an identity thief will get rejected just like you do.
The neighbor dropped in on a friend and found her sitting at the kitchen table, staring blankly at a half-empty cup of coffee; her three kids squabbling loudly in the other room.
“What’s wrong Marge?” she asked.
Marge told her that she had “morning sickness.”
Surprised, the neighbor said, “I didn’t even know you were pregnant!”
“I’m not,” the harried young woman replied, “I’m just sick of mornings.”
Remember: No one’s more important than people! In other words, friendship is the most important thing–not career or housework, or one’s fatigue–and it needs to be tended and nurtured.
Management is not responsible for duplicates from previous dailies. The editor is somewhat senile.
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