There is a big difference between friends and associates
Since I was a young boy, I have been putting my energy, commitment and loyalty into my childhood so called friends.
Being under the assumption that those people were my true friends, because I grew up with them, I would later in life learn that they never really were concerned about my well-being.
“The rise or fall, success or failure of your dreams is largely dependent on the association you build yourself around.” ― Israelmore Ayivor
How we choose the type of people we spend our time with will determine where we end up in the future. A wolf in sheep clothing is a biblical term that applies to our associates' or so-called friends.
They appear to be someone in your corner but in reality, they are trying to corrupt and destroy your progress.
Fake friends can truly put you in a position you never thought you would be in. The wolf wears a disguise because he wants to silently poison your prosperity, advancement and opportunities.
A friend is someone we can depend on in all situations. Once you encounter genuine friendship, it makes you re-evaluate all those people that you thought was a friend.
We began to see a picture for what it really is instead of looking at it without knowing its true meaning.
I have met people in life that have done more for me mentally and spiritually than any of the associates I have been around my entire life.
A sign of a true friend is when you disappear without anyone knowing where you went. A real friend will worry about you and try to figure out where you are.
Friends love to see you do good and they will encourage you to keep doing good. You miss them when you haven't seen them in a while, and they miss you. I know this because the young ladies in this photo are truly dear to my heart.
For some reason, from the very moment I met them, they have always put joy in my spirit, and I get excited when I am around them.
"A true friend never gets in your way unless you happen to be going down. - Arnold H. Glasow
I remember going through a divorce and being depressed without knowing what to do next, you were there for me. I had a feeling of abandonment, thinking everyone was only using me for their own benefit - you were there.
When the world was having a hard time understanding me for who I was and could not figure out why I was so enthusiastic and all over the place, you were also there for me.
When I had an idea, needing someone to support my idea and believe in me, it was you that supported and believed in me.
A real friend is like a old bottle of wine, they only get better with time. I am thankful for the friends I have in my life because they have taught me to not only love myself, but also to not let other people steal my joy.
Thank you for being a friend