Saturday August 5, 2017
We cannot choose our family, but we can choose our friends. That is what makes this relation unique. Around your friends, you can be who you are. They are the ones who do not judge you for what you are but let you be the way you are. That is why you are more comfortable when you are with your friends.
Param Pujya Dadashri says, ‘You get influenced by the company you keep.’ Therefore, our friends define who we are. They are to a certain extent responsible for our growth and development. Therefore, it is very essential to have a healthy group of friends.
A good friend is the one who would guide you on the right path and discourage you from doing something wrong. On the other hand, bad company makes it possible for you to fall instantly. This kind of company adversely affects one’s mind, intellect, ego and body. It is like fireworks; it sets your clothes on fire as it goes off. So beware and know that bad company is a burning fire.
On the other hand, good friends can lift up your spirit. Good friends can change the whole being of a man. However, this change takes time because it is harder to climb upwards. Yet if one stays away from bad company and remains in touch with good friends this can be achieved.
Yet we lose good friends, why?
It often so happens that when someone helps or guides us, we develop attachment and possessiveness for that person. This further gives rise to expectations. And when these expectations are not fulfilled, we feel negative for the person and gradually tend to go away from him. Instead, when we find help of a good friend we can learn those unique qualities from him and in turn be a good friend to someone else.
Let this Friendship Day be the perfect time to pledge to be with healthy friends and refrain from bad company.
Let’s be an example of a good friend guiding and directing everyone around us to a good path…