This planet is getting to be a weird place to hang out. The economy’s out of equilibrium, the country’s careening out of control, and the headlines are a heart-break. [I just wrote what I’d like to see happen to that guy in Norway, but had to delete it. >_< ]
In spite of all this, statistics indicate we aren’t letting it get us down. Sedate TV commercials aside, 90 to 95 percent of Americans are not depressed!
Those of us without a “mental disorder” are hanging on by a thread, but we’re hanging on. As for me, it’s all God. As I wrote earlier this week, part of how He sustains me is through people in my life, precious souls from which I derive (and hopefully reciprocate) strength and support. Without such blessings from God, and His Word, we’d all be goners.
Though I’m big boned, I’m feeling rather delicate lately—like Fiberglas: outwardly smooth and strong; but one sideways thump is all it would take. There are a number of scenarios going on, and I find myself wanting to know who my friends are. Do you know who your friends are? I made a quick list of actions that denote a good friendship:
As I wrote earlier this week, I have some amazing friends. Most of them have manifested over half of these qualities. Three actually have shown 12 out of 13! Some categories carry more weight than others: integrity, for instance; nobody likes a liar. In fact, if I don’t perceive a person has integrity, I don’t count them as a friend. Likewise, I certainly want to be known for being truthful and honest, if nothing else!
The world may be going mad, but in my little corner there remain a number of Attentive, Authentic people of Loyal Love, Understanding Trust, Dependable Common Ground, and/or Enriching Encouragement and Admonishment.
If you’re reading today,