As we start the new year, I would like to take some time to address the quality and the effect of the relationships we have at present and the type we should attract during the course of the year. It cannot be over-emphasized because it can determine how your year turns out in the long run. It’s a new year and the best gift you can give yourself in this new season is to take a closer look at the company you keep. It might just be what you consciously need to do to take you to the next level.
No man is an island unto himself; we have been designed to depend on one another to survive. Relationship is a major part of our human existence. Every relationship we have is important because it makes our life interesting, spurs us to achieve great things and it has a great effect on our entire life’s purpose. Our relationships can be a catalyst for change, growth, failure or success. This points to the fact that we need to choose discreetly those we closely relate with.
A popular adage says, “show me your friends and I can tell who you are.” Your friends are a reflection of you. Another wise man says, “you smell like the company you keep.” The Holy Bible also affirms that bad company corrupts good manners. When we spend time with people over time, we consciously or unconsciously adopt their values, beliefs and culture.
Any relationship that is not adding value to you is definitely taking virtue from you. You need to make a conscious effort in discerning a healthy and unhealthy relationship. Are your friends goal setters or they just jump into ever opportunity that presents itself? Does your relationship with them build your self-esteem or keeps you away from self discovery? This and many other questions you would need to answer to know if you need to dislodge them or continue on this journey.
He that keeps the company of fools eventually becomes one. He that takes counsel from the wise adopts the same attitude with time. It’s time to drop the baggage. It’s time to make a change. Happy New Year and welcome to happy new you!