1) Your REAL friends will return your phone calls. You might cut certain people a little slack with this, especially seniors, but if someone regularly takes the initiative to get back to you, say, within a week or less, you can be sure they’re a real friend.
2) Your REAL friends will trust you. They’ll trust your intentions to be honorable. Everyone makes mistakes. Sometimes things turn out differently then planned. Shit happens. If someone trusts you in spite of inaccuracies or human error you can be sure they’re a real friend. This only works if your intentions ARE honorable.
3) Your REAL friends are supportive. They say ” great idea! ” They offer constructive criticism that improve your ideas, or at least nurture your ideas, instead of dismantling or rejecting them. Real friends are supportive because you share a passion!
4) Your REAL friends are compassionate when you are vulnerable. First, this one requires an understanding of compassion, and much harder, a willingness to be vulnerable in a friendship. Your real friends will nurture a willingness to be vulnerable using compassion to create safety in the friendship. Instead of berating you because you forgot your own, your real friends will share their water with you and appreciate your gratitude. They will feel glad they have enough for both of you.
It’s getting harder and harder to know what is real anymore. Hopefully this helps. May all beings experience real friendship. Real compassion. May all beings be peaceful.
Today, the Whitedoves celebrate the first birthday of our website www.cloud9paradigm.com. We launched the website with our Creed of Peace page. In our first year blogging we reached over 40 countries and 2000 page views! We feel blessed to be on the web like this and look forward to expanding our site as a permaculture resource for everyone. Thank you all for your support. We appreciate you and we love you. May we experience Unity in Peace and Prosperity during the upcoming year.
Its safe to be happy because happiness is holy. May all beings be happy.
May All Beings Be Peaceful.
Makers of the other sweeteners fear stevia for good reason. It’s not only sweeter than the competition — it’s safer. Aspartame may cause headaches, dizziness and nausea. The FDA tried to ban saccharin in 1978 because it was linked to cancer in lab animals. Congress stopped the ban, but products containing saccharin were required to carry warning labels. Some studies show that Sunette causes cancer in lab animals. Meanwhile, in more than a dozen studies over the past decade, stevia has never been shown to cause any adverse effects.
~ By Michael Castleman, article in Mother Earth News November 4, 2009
via Stevia: This Sugar Substitute Is Sweet and Healthy.