There are certain friends I give permission to speak into/connect with my heart, there are other friends I love to have in my life because they’re just amazing people, and there are other people who are just people I know of.
Unintentionally, I have hurt many close friends in the past few years, and they have done the same with me. I believe that no matter what happens, healthy communication is the key to a lifetime friendship, even if what’s being communicated hurts me. People that have the courage to go against their fears and confront me about something they know might hurt our friendship if I receive it the wrong way, those are the people that I want as friends for life.
I don’t confront people I don’t care about, I only confront those I want to stay connected with. Punishing people when they share their heart with me, especially if it’s something I don’t want to hear, is a sign of immaturity within myself.
There’s something special about a person who is mature enough to confront me about something that they know I won’t like. This action, should I respond the right way, not only produces good character within myself, but it also tells me that this is the kind of person I want in my life in the long run.
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