Friends, wonderful friends!  They uplift, console, and understand you.  They add joy to your life and give you confidence to take the risk of making your dreams come true.  They offer a softer place to land when life throws you unexpected curve balls.  When you leave the company of such friends you feel full and content.  Your soul has been nourished, even if it was just a quick hour and a hot cup of coffee.  My day was once made lighter and more joyful after an unexpected hug from a friend in the parking lot of my daughter’s daycare.  It was one of those warm embraces that said “I am here with you at all times, keep going.”

Who shines their light on your life?  Who do you call when you have exciting news to share?  Who are your most cherished friends?

My favorite inspirational speaker Dr. Wayne Dyer says,” Choose to be in close proximity to people who are empowering, who appeal to your sense of connection to intention, who see the greatness in you, who feel connected to God, and who live a life that gives evidence that spirit has found celebration through them.”

Go out and LAUGH

Sit together and TELL STORIES

Eat dinner and SUPPORT EACH OTHER

Sip tea and CRY (let it all out, you are in good company)

Go for a walk and DREAM BIG

Talk on the phone and GET INSPIRED

Hug for an hour and BE HELD

Share your accomplishments and SHARE THE JOY

It’s all in the company you keep.

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I start off my Joy Course with a discussion on Friendship.  I encourage the participants to take social inventory.  Who do you spend your time with?  Are they negative people who cast a gloomy shadow on your life?  Or are they positive inspiring people who lift your spirit?  If you surround yourself with people who nourish, support and love you, you will always feel held, your burdens are shared and your soul is always nurtured.  You never feel alone.

We underestimate the impact negative people have on our life.  They can suck the joy right out of you and leave you feeling annoyed, frustrated and depleted.    Find friends who give you joy not take it from you!!    With such limited free time, I have learned to choose wisely the company I keep.  I encourage you to do the same.  Spending time with my friends is a gift I give myself.  They laugh with me, support me and allow me to just be me.  No gossip, no drama…who needs that bad energy? 

One of my favorite quotes by Wayne Dyer, ” Choose to be in close proximity to people who are empowering, who appeal to your sense of connection to intention, who see the greatness in you, who feel connected to God, and who live a life that gives evidence that spirit has found celebration through them”    YES!!  Exactly right!!

Surround yourself with people who inspire you to be your best. 

It’s all in the company you keep.