Happy March. I’m back from a Buddhist pilgrimage to India, and am better for having made the trip.
Hardly a week goes by that I don’t have a conversation (electronic or in person) about the value of friendships. More than any other factor, our friendships set the context for our life. I’ll be breaking this subject down into parts, but in a nutshell, choosing to spend time with people who bring out the best in us, and avoiding spending time with people who encourage the worst, is an activity that deserves daily attention.
The underlying principle is that with our thoughts, words and actions, we affect each other whether we know it or not, and whether we intend to or not. The effect may be strong or weak, positive or negative, felt now or later, but no interaction is without effect.
Not associating with fools,
Associating with the wise,
Honoring those worthy of honor;
This is the greatest blessing.
(Mangala Sutta [Sn 2.4] tr. John Kelly)
If you’d like to read ahead on this subject, have a look at the Friendships tab above. More soon.