Friend Assessment: Vol I

I have come to realize that some friends require an assessment. I know. This may come across as a little petty, but seriously. Think about it.

Old Reliable– The friend who is always there for you, no matter what. The one who will jump hoops and ladders to be at your beckon call. Yeah. Those are the great ones. Unfortunately, they’re a lot easier to manipulate. There is never a limit to their niceness. They never say no. No matter what the situation, they find a way. (sadly, I’m one of these)

“My best friend is the man who in wishing me well. wishes it for my sake.”
-Aristotle

Out-for-Themselves– The friend who only does for the “good” of the other when the outcome seems to suit their personal purpose. Only goes out of their way when it’s convenient, instead of out of the pure goodness of their hearts. We all know these kind. The person who believes they come in to save the day, but in the end only benefit themselves. (I know a many of these types)

“A man is called selfish not for pursuing his own good, but for neglecting his neighbor’s.”
-Richard Whately

No Beating Around the Bush– The friend who tells it exactly how it is. No sugar coating it for the betterment of someone’s feelings. In actuality, these type of friends are limited on emotions outside of their circles. If you’re not in their “circle of trust”, you may as well be the shit on their shoes. Friendships with people like that may be refreshing at first glance, but in the end – you can only handle so much of the “truth”.

“We have to distrust each other. It is our only defense against betrayal.”
-Tennessee Williams

Ulterior Motivator– The friend who has the intention of doing nice things, but somehow gets the false sense of entitlement. They strut around like peacocks, untouchable once they set their mind to it. These type of people only provide the bare minimums and will stop at nothing to gain the most for themselves. If it doesn’t benefit them, they’re not interested. Plain and simple.

“The only exercise some people get is jumping to conclusions, running down their friends, side-stepping responsibility, and pushing their luck!”  -Author Unknown

Perfect Opposition– The friend who makes it their life purpose to do things better than the next guy. You know, the person who does the same things, but has to somehow do them better for their own personal satisfaction. We all seem to know or have a friend like this. It gets rather tiresome to see someone so sickly “blessed” with having things go their way. All. the. time.

“Use what talents you possess; the woods would be very silent if no birds sang except those that sang best.”  -Henry van Dyke

That’s it in a nutshell on this first segment. It’s unfortunate that the only place I seem to be able to express how I truly feel is on here. I guess my written word flows a lot better than expressing it with my voice. . .

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