I have a small group of friends, and there are reasons this wonderful group of women are my friends.
They are loyal, trustworthy, and respectful of themselves and others - for three things. They possess a positive, bright aura, and are there for me when I need them. They encourage, and will tell me the truth. I look forward to hearing from them or seeing them. We may be busy, but we always find a way to keep up with one another.
Don't you feel all fuzzy inside, now?
Well, acquaintances are different.
Acquaintances know me, are cordial to me, and hang out with me, but have no loyalty to me. I can't trust them to keep my secrets, or anything I say to them, to themselves. They may gossip, gossip, and gossip some more. When things become hard for me mentally, financially, or otherwise, I can't count on them for support (but they'll tell everyone about the hard time I am having). They can be so negative that I am exhausted being around them. These people only are good for general, surface conversation.
I'm not saying all acquaintances act like this (some people are acquaintances because you just haven't gotten to know each other better to decide any other way). I'm talking about the ones delegated to the friend category, but you have trust issues, honesty issues, or any other negative issues ALL THE TIME.
We need friends; life is so rich with them, but you have to choose wisely. The sooner you find out what a real friend is, and begin re-delegating the people in your life, the better off you'll be mentally, physically, and more.
What do you look for in a friend? Do you consider yourself a good friend?