The local news broadcasts are full of warnings regarding negative interactions between Oklahomans who knew each another. Some Oklahomans have expressed how daunting it is to find trustable people for one’s friendship circle. Several are afraid to accept new friends because of witnessed local news content. There are those who are unaware that for every negative news story aired, several positive ones occur daily.
Granted, as journalists warn, all should be cautious with whom they befriend. Few criminals have the standard criminal appearance. Being particular is a wise safety measure.
Choosing the cautious route does not equate to becoming isolated and unapproachable; having friends is wholesome. Friends are those special people one socializes with and shares priceless friendship moments that make one smile. An excellent recipe for friendship is the one described by the founder of the Ford Motor Company.
My best friend is the one who brings out the best in me.
— quote by Henry Ford
Being wise in selecting friends generates a happier life. Friends can influence, negatively and positively. An example of friendships giving a negative influence is the sad life of a drug addict. They associate with unsavory and unlawful societal elements. Their so-called friends encourage the sad unhealthy road of never ending addiction because they are commonly fellow addicts or drug dealers.
Friends grow in individual diverse directions. Friendships can become distant for numerous reasons. This is normal and allows one to accept more friends in one’s life without feeling overextended. People have dreams, desires and goals. A true friend accepts this and is not affronted by any kind of distance. A real friend encourages what is best for their friends; gives unswerving support no matter how peculiar their friend’s dreams, desires or goals seem.
Sexual orientation is a huge contemporary issue. Homosexuality and bisexuality are the new prejudices the Entertainment Industry is insisting the general public overcome. This liberal attitude is not universally supported. There are many who are anti homosexuality and bisexuality due to upbringing, religion and culture. The opposite is also true. Homosexual and bisexual people have their own set of biases. A person’s viewpoint should be considered when determining whom to include in one’s social circle. A wise person chooses friends who have cultivated the same degree of open-mindedness.
Another consideration is lifestyle. There are many diverse types of lifestyles from Bohemian to super-square. One should take this into account when selecting friends; especially if one has children. Having friends who are exact lifestyle opposites can create chronic uncomfortable moments. Overall complete acceptance from all involved is crucial for solid long-term friendships filled with joy.
When considering befriending, ask the self if this person is suitable for babysitting one’s children. Seriously think about this. The answer to this question can be beneficial with the important decision of friendship. Good parents are wary regarding whom they allow into their homes. Friends of parents can influence minors. Enjoy the day!