Remember when your mom would warn you about the company you kept?
Maybe she would tell you… “I don’t like your friends.” or “Your friends are using you.” or perhaps she would not allow you to go certain places with them.
We were impressionable kids living under our parent’s roof… so we had to listen. But as adults… it’s an entirely different world. We make our own decisions, and it’s not as simple as choosing between ‘good and bad’ people.
There is no one telling us whom to choose and whom not to choose as our friends and associates… because once we’re on our own, we pride ourselves on making our own decisions.
What makes choosing the right people difficult is the fact that no one is perfect. There is no such thing as ‘The Perfect Friend’… but if you want to show your parents that you’ve become a little wiser over the years…
there are 3 types of people you should avoid.
1. PEOPLE WHO PLAY MORE THAN THEY WORK!
Let’s face it, people who only work 8 hours a day, will only manage to stay afloat throughout their lives. People who choose to focus their priorities on having fun everyday, by only doing enough to get by at work until they get off… actually attract the most friends. But these friends will be doing the same things 10 years from now… without any progress. DON’T BE ONE OF THOSE FRIENDS!
2. PEOPLE WHO ALWAYS TELL YOU THEY’RE BROKE!
You know that person… every time you ask them how they’re doing, they tell you how broke they are, and that they need money for this and that, but they never come out and ask you directly for money, but they always make sure to let you know what they need… and how much they need for it! And before you know it… you start feeling guilty for not offering to help. QUICK… DON’T HELP! GET OUT OF THAT FRIENDSHIP! YOU’RE BEING USED!
3. PEOPLE WHO HAVE THE SAME PROBLEMS. (YEAR AFTER YEAR!)
Notice that I wrote (YEAR AFTER YEAR!) It’s okay to try and help our friends, because we all need a little help now and then. But when people come to you with the same problems year after year, they’re not looking for a solution… they’re looking for a quick fix handout. So when they smile and tell you ‘Thank You’… they know they’re going to place themselves in the same predicament again, and they know you’re going to help bail them out… AGAIN!
FRIENDSHIPS ARE SUPPOSED TO PROVIDE SOCIAL NOURISHMENT…
THEY ARE NOT MEANT TO FEED OFF YOU!