Built within our human nature is the need for camaraderie and communication, therefore it is not good to be alone! However, as we seek out associations it is important that we make accurate choices. Two very applicable sayings are, “Tell me who your friends are, and I will tell you who you are” and “A mirror reflects a man’s face, but what he is really like is shown by the kind of friends he chooses.”
The simple fact of life is that you become like those with whom you associate, both the good and the bad. Your choice of accurate associations will cause the quality of your life to improve.
Furthermore, as you mature there will be changes in all aspects of your life. What exactly do these changes entail? Very often it involves losing a few friends who refuse to mature and develop with you. These friends will not want you to go on, hoping you’d stay where they are; without movement or growth. The reality is that those that don’t increase you will eventually decrease you!
Ultimately, your choice of associations should stretch your vision and not choke your dream.
Here are some clichés to consider:
- When you tolerate mediocrity in others, it increases mediocrity in you.
- Join the dogs and you will learn to bark.
- Join the eagles and you will learn to soar to great heights.
- Never receive counsel from an unproductive people group of people.
- Never discuss your problems with someone incapable of contributing to the solution.
Therefore it is important that we find the right community of people for the shaping of our lives.
It’s not good to be alone and moreover it’s even more detrimental to be aligned to the wrong group of people.