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Wednesday, March 15, 2006

Your Five Closest Friends

In classes about success and business I’ve heard it taught that your income will be an average of your five closest friends. I guess it’s meant to teach that if you want to be rich, you should hang out with rich people. There’s truth in that. Networking is a powerful thing. There’s another saying from old time actress Mae West, “I’ve been rich and I’ve been poor. Believe me, rich is better.” I have to say, if I have a choice, I’d rather have money than not. You can do more with money than without. So what I’m about to say isn’t against having money. It’s about choosing what’s most important to you in life.

What if…?
What if it’s true that you are a reflection of your five closest friends? What do your friends reflect about you? In my life, I choose my friends for their integrity, their desire to be kind and do good in the world, the way they accept people for who they are, and their thirst for learning. Each of these characteristics fits one or more of my closest friends. Many wise people have taught that to live a truly fulfilling life, how you relate to others is what really matters. (Like no one on their death bed ever wished for a bigger car!) What you give away (a smile, a charitable donation, a kind word, a helpful act) is the truest reflection of the truest and most lasting wealth.

Blessing for the day: May see what has the highest value in your life and treasure it, create more of it, and then bless others with it.

love,
Aunt Laya

3 comments:

Lady-Light said...
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Lady-Light said...

Oh boy. That explains why we are so poor! I gotta change my friends(just kidding)!
Aunt Laya, I am SO impressed! Congratulations on your blog site!
As far as my friends go, I am very happy with my friends - I value them as do you, for their integrity and kindness, and even 'tikum olam'. They have to have similar values to mine. I just hope I can live up to the great character of some of my friends...
But something strange has happened; this is the first time I have ever 'blogged' before (yecch, that sounds like I'm throwing up),and somehow, inadvertently, I created my own blog. Just now. Really. It's called 'TikkunOlam'. Inspired by Aunt Laya. There must be a hidden reason that this has transpired...

Aunt Laya said...

Hi, Aunt Laya here. I have no clue how the other comment was deleted. My apologies if I did it by mistake and I invite you to post again. Or, if you're reading this, post me a note anyway. I'm really a social blogger and would love to hear from you.