Friday, January 7, 2011

could be why i'm fighting the tantrum urge these days

Just last night Dan & I were talking about the vision we have for our family. It's amazing really that we simultaneously, independently started feeling like the self-serving American dream life we've ended up living is unsatisfying.
Moving to a city where we know nobody, spending months of time alone has a way of weeding things out of your life that you hadn't realized you'd adopted or never would have if it hadn't been for this or that influence. It seems we're left with what we truly value. Which isn't stuff or space. We've discovered what really brings us joy.
People.
1. Being surrounded by our family & close friends that are more like family.
2. Using our skills & resources to meet people's needs.

What we've discovered is indeed, people shape our lives. Sometimes for the better, sometimes for the worse.
Which brought us to talking about the importance of the company we keep.
I fell asleep thinking about this very thing. Mentally running through a yearbook-of-sorts filled with profile pictures of the people that have shaped my life. It's no surprise that I woke up missing my good friends. When Dan suggested we take a drive this weekend, the first person that came to my mind is one of my college pals that lives a reasonable road trip away & happens to have the kind of family that enjoys good conversation over good food ( #3 & #4 on the list above).
Then, heading to the gym this morning I caught Chip Ingram's Pursue Great People segment on Sirius radio. This is what I heard:

"Spend time with the wise and you will become wise, 
but the friends of fools will suffer."
Proverbs 13:20

"Do not be misled, 'bad company corrupts good character'."
I Cor 15:33

I got the message.
Pursue great people. (listen here. the whole series is great.)
Just as importantly, guard yourself from companions you don't wish you emulate.
Humans naturally imitate those around them.

I wonder if that's why I hold back the urge to throw a 2 y/o tantrum when milk spills on the ground or the room I just cleaned is a disaster. 
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2 comments:

  1. My husband's biggest quote is Go where you are celebrated and not where you are tolerated. =)

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  2. Thinking of you today my friend, still remembering that evening at my house when we had our first deep conversation that left me saying "I really want to be friends with her!" Missing you today and wishing you were here to hold our little girl - the little girl you helped me pray for!!! I love you! You are close to my heart even though we are miles apart.

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