Today, I’m thankful for how God provides, even when it’s not the way in which we planned or envisioned. I’m thankful for support from family and friends, especially for the support I receive from my wife.
Archive for the ‘Friends’ Tag
Today, I’m thankful for tests and trials. They suck to go through but they make us who we are. I’m thankful that we don’t have to go it alone. I struggle more with worry than I have ever before, but I’m thankful for people I can lean on when worry strikes. Mortality is real. The weights of this world are real. But so is God, so is Love, so is Family, so are Friends.
Today, I am thankful for friends… one of my closest friends, specifically. His name is Mike. I actually met him through the Internet and we’ve only hung out in person once. But he’s seriously like a brother to me. Despite vastly different upbringings, the amount of similarities we have in who we are are astounding… even if he is a hairy hipster and I’m not hairy enough or thin enough to begin to pull of that look.
Seriously though, a good talk with a good friend can really put things in perspective…
Oh, and by the way, Mike a talented musician, so I figured I’d share my favorite EP of his with you… and it’s free…
And here’s a more recent sample of Mike’s musical genius, which features his wife on vocals with him…
12 days since my last Thankfulness post… sorry… I’m struggling with staying on top of this because our family has struggled through much of the past few weeks with emotional crap related to all different types of stuff. But being thankful is probably most important when we’re feeling like crap, right?
Remembering things we’re thankful for helps put things in perspective.
For example, when our friend passed away recently at only 34 years old, I realized how thankful I was for my health and, even moreso, for solid people in my life to lean on. Without being able to lean on each other, these tragedies are much, much harder to take.
I’ve been annoyed about many different issues, angry at several different people, and tired of many things going on around me… but I’m here, I have two beautiful kids, I have an awesome wife, and I have tons of other family and friends that matter much more than the people, places, and things that are pissing me off. Not to mention, I have a roof over my head, a great landlord, a decent playing job, and means to support my family and then some.
Being thankful is a great practice for keeping things in perspective. Being thankful can get us through the day.
Yesterday and today, I’ve been preoccupied with a situation. Essentially, I’m waiting to hear some news… I think it should be great news but I’m trying to tamper my expectations, just in case.
With that, I’m thankful for the prayers of my friends, the support of my family, and the distractions my kids provide from my annoying anxiety.
Today, I’m also thankful for the gorgeous weather, which will provide the perfect backdrop for a nice run/walk today.
Yesterday, I was thankful for friends old and new. Got to do lunch with an old college friend and met with some new friends at the local community center last night.
Today, I’m thankful for snuggle time in the big bed with my boys and a nice lazy day.
Today, I am thankful that I got a nice date night with Brooke.
Today, I am thankful for friends, new and old.
Today, I am thankful for words of encouragement that come just at the right time.
Yesterday, I was very thankful to be able to enjoy an Eagles playoff game (despite the loss) with people I love.
Today, I am thankful to have enjoyed a restful day while the boys took long naps.
I wrote about someone I had previously considered a friend and his “passive aggressive bullshit” the other day. This “friend” had ignored my texts for a week (in which, I :gasp: tell him that I had a few magazines for him and :gasp: asked if he’d be going to an event I was going to be at). When I wondered if everything was okay, I tried to message him through a social networking site instead… and… I was blocked from doing so. After asking him what was up and trying to address it, I finally decided not to let it eat me up anymore and I let him know that I was taking this as a sign that he didn’t want to be a friend. I told him that I was cool with that and would be deleting his contact and just letting it go.
Suddenly, he felt the need to respond. However, his response wasn’t about something I’d done, but moreso that my personality grated on him (honestly, I’m not fully sure what he was getting at, but I honestly don’t care). He, then, tried to back track by paying me backhanded compliments. Rather than bite, I simply told him to take care and I had nothing more to say. This led him to tell me that I was being a drama queen and that he’d “never broken up with an acquaintance before”. The drama queen thing was a petty comment but calling me an acquaintance did sting quite a bit.
Fast forward a day or so and I mistakenly stumbled upon his social media page (no, really, I wasn’t stalking him or anything, I seriously clicked on it in my history by mistake) and found this post: “Friends: quality over quantity.”
I had no intention of blogging on this anymore until I saw this… and I am blogging for one reason and one reason only… it’s to agree with what he has to say (despite the fact that it’s obviously about me).
I have never needed a lot of friends, just a few awesome ones. And to that, I have to say, I’m all set. I have friends that I know I can rely on to help with my kids, listen to me vent, pray for me, call me to pick me up, and care for me in whatever ways I need. I am blessed with those quality friends. And, I honestly believe that I am also one of those friends to many people.
I am a fierce friend. If you are one of my friends, you can expect me to defend you and your honor, you can expect me to be there when you need anything, you can expect my love and support, and you can expect that I will do all I can to be there for you.
To that I say, dear acquaintance, it’s your loss. I thought we were boys and apparently I was wrong. I feel betrayed and wronged in some way, but it won’t stop me from making new friends and caring for people… mostly because you aren’t worth me losing part of who I am because you decided to be an elitist prick.