73: If You Want To See Someone’s Character, Show Me Who Their Friends Are…

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This is a unique episode.  I get to share my friends Tammy and Selena with you, who are my weekly wine-Skype chat buddies.  This time is incredibly important to me, and means a great deal to each of us.  In this episode talk about the value of friendship, why it matters, and the importance of having people in your life that are “offensively honest”.  This snipit from my blog, for this podcast, is a highlight to our conversation:

To have a friend, you must first be a friend…

Give of yourself in every way, with no expectation of a return on your investment.  This means you are generous with your time, with your support, and with your love because it’s what you want to do, not because of what you will get back.  The moment you start expecting something in return, it becomes a transactional exchange, not a relationship.  Let me state this a little more clearly; if you do anything in a relationship with the expectation of getting something in return, you are either a martyr, a manipulator, or a prostitute.  The “why” behind what you do for someone, truly defines not only your relationship, but who you are in the relationship.

To bring this back to my initial statement, I don’t believe great relationships are work. However, they do take time, commitment, and being present.  But then anything of value in your life requires that from you.  Choose who you are in relationship with wisely, it is the most important investment you will ever make.

 

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