“Be beautiful if you can, Wise if you want to… But be respected-that is essential.”
-Anna Gould

“If one doesn’t respect oneself one can have neither love nor respect for others.”
-Ayn Rand

“If you have some respect for people as they are, you can be more effective in helping them to become better than they are.”
-John W. Gardner

The people that know me IRL(In Real Life) will tell you know much I value respect. I think if you asked me what trait I value most in a person, second to faith would have to be respect. The word respect to me means so many things it is hard to explain, it also has so many levels it cannot be contained in one post. I live my life with respect in mind, respect for myself, respect for others, respect for situations and even objects. Read more Respect


“All human wisdom is summed up in two words – wait and hope.”
–Alexander Dumas

“We should not let our fears hold us back from pursuing our hopes.”
–John Fitzgerald Kennedy

“Hope is the feeling you have that the feeling you have isn’t permanent.”
–Jean Kerr

“Hope sees the invisible, feels the intangible and achieves the impossible.”
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“There are two ways to slide easily through life: to believe everything or to doubt everything. Both ways save us from thinking.”
– Alfred Korzybski

“In the practical use of our intellect, forgetting is as important as remembering.”
– William James

Today I want to explore knowledge. One of the things my Grandfather taught me was that knowledge was the only thing another man could not take away from me. Someone could even take my money, even my freedom but not my knowledge. I take that one step further and say no one can take away my faith.

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“A simple friend thinks the friendship over when you have an argument. A real friend knows that it’s not a friendship until after you’ve had a fight.”

I pride myself in having a lot of friends, but I have lost 3 dear friends along the way. This quote speaks to me in a very painful kind of way because I remember those relationships and see how much I miss them. I do not regret what happened, but I do think that I learned a big deal from those situations.

I would like to think that now I am equipped to have a good friendship survive an argument. I sometimes work backwards from most people giving way too much trust in the beginning of the relationship and then when it is overstepped taking it all back. I know this is a somewhat unfair approach but it’s just my personality I guess.

I have very real friends, never thought I would meet some of them online but I sure did. Some of my closest friends (IRL) in real life now, I first met online. My closest group of friends is people that I met during college; we have formed very long lasting relationships from that period of time. Then I have the friends that I have met in the jobs that I’ve had.

My newest group of friends is the people I have met at church, and they are an excellent bunch that made me feel welcome from day one. We have tons in common and they are more of a family than a group of friends, so I truly feel blessed by having them in my life.

Now my dearest group of friends is my online buddies. Most of them I have met through blogging, but they have helped me get through some tough times in my life this year. I do not know what I would have done without some late chats from them. They kept me sane.

So how many different groups of friends do you have? Have any of the friendships you have now survived a fallout? How did you overcome that fallout?