Virtue & Inspiration

We are the company we keep.

It never amazes me how much of myself I see in my daughter. However, its shocks me how much of my friends & family I see in her. That got me thinking about how much of friends & family characteristics do we carry with us? Is it true, that we are who we hang around?

Seeing the characteristic traits of some of my dear friends in my daughter, definitely surprised me and made me realize that it’s absolutely possible that the more we have associated with people, the more we mirror similar traits.  Think about a couple that you know, who are very close and how much their characteristics are alike. So, it makes perfect sense that when bonding time is spent with friends, we eventually take on similar qualities over the years.

Although there are some who would argue that the company you keep does not matter, I tend to agree with this quote.  Other than similar characteristics, bad company can also cost you your reputation, cause problems in various areas of your life such as, physical & emotional health, and financially.  I could give countless examples of personal and relational experiences in which “bad company” has cost someone, money they didn’t have, and plenty of physical and emotional turmoil.

I am in no way saying that we should expect our friends/associates to be perfect, however, it is important that they are at the least at the core, a good person.  Why even discuss this topic?  More and more it seems that adult make bad choices in friends, lovers, associates, and definitely spouses.  I like to pose questions/comments that would stir up conversations that we should be having as adults, particularly if it is an traditional value that seems to have gone to the way side.  So with that said, what do think?

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