Friends vs Rainy Day Friends

My grandfather lived to be quite old and was always a source of great wisdom and lessons to learn.  He always said that you can count your friends on one hand and in most cases one finger.  Rainy Day Friends are the people that no matter what is going on in your life, no matter what bad or good experiences you encounter – will always be there!  Rainy Day Friends are those people you can count on one hand (if you are extremely lucky) or one finger.  My grandfather used to say, friends vs rainy day friends, know the difference.

So many times in our lives we want to be “accepted” by everyone. We want to be the most popular, most sought after person around.  Whether it’s in school, on a job or just out and about in our social lives.  In many cases, we will do anything to win approval from people that we really need to just see for what they are.  They’re with you now because you have something they want – whether it’s money, recognition or anything else that will improve their status.  Once they have gotten what they want from you, they will be gone and will never be available when you need a shoulder to lean on or a hand to hold.

Usually understanding this and seeing through different people comes with age, sad but true.  My rule of thumb regarding friends vs rainy day friends, is who can you look to when you have a problem, who is there through the good and bad times.  Who never expects you do all the giving and they do all the taking.

I have a friend who is quite well known.  When he first got his recognition, everyone and I mean everyone wanted to know him, be with him and hang with him.  His head was just swimming in adoration and praises.  That’s until he hit some rough patches, then guess what?  The crowds and accolades were gone. His true friends were there to support him and just be with him through and beyond the rough patches.  They were very few and far between!

“To Thine Own Self Be True”

When you realize that you will never, ever be everything to everyone you will also know who you can count on and who will always be there.

In turn, also know how to be a rainy day friend!  Always be there for your friends, let them know you really care and nothing could possibly change your love and caring for that person.  This is the difference between friends vs rainy day friends.

We’ve all experienced the disappointment of believing someone was a friend, someone we’ve trusted and been sadly let down by.  It’s those disappointments that teach us the valuable difference between friends and rainy day friends.  Once you know who your friends truly are, you will count them on one hand – or – one finger.

Consider yourself blessed!

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