“A man’s friendships are one of the best measures of his worth.”
Time magazine published an article on our need for friends. The following is a clip of the ‘types’ of friends the author felt we could all use in your lives, which I thought was pretty interesting.
How many of the 8 types of friends do you have already in YOUR life or need?
These Are the 8 Types of Friends You Need in Your Life
By Eric Barker
1) The Builder
Just because you’re not in Little League anymore doesn’t mean you don’t need a coach. Someone who motivates you and encourages you to take it to the next level. That supportive friend who believes in your potential and won’t let you rest on your laurels.
2) The Champion
We all need a friend who isn’t afraid to break out the pom-poms and play cheerleader. Somebody who roots for you and describes you to others in a way that makes you blush.
3) The Collaborator
Who loves that same strange thing that you love? Who is that friend that the moment you see each other you roll up your sleeves and get to work on the next big caper?
4) The Companion
Simply put: a best friend. They won’t just help you move; they’ll help you move bodies. The person who will still be there when everyone else has very wisely run for cover.
5) The Connector
No matter what the issue, they know somebody who can help. They make friends more often than most people make excuses. Even if they were locked in solitary confinement with no one to talk to, they’d end up best pals with the prison guard.
6) The Energizer
That fun friend. The person you’re always laughing around. The one who always knows the great place to go or the awesome thing to do.
7) The Mind Opener
They send you interesting articles. They get you to question your assumptions. Talking to them makes your brain do things straight out of the dream sequences from “Inception.”
8) The Navigator
Sometimes it feels like you’re in Hell, Dante — and you are gonna need a Virgil. Sometimes they’re a mentor, sometimes they’re a sounding board, but they’re always your GPS system for when you don’t know which exit to take on the highway of life.
Good friends help you to find important things when you have lost them… your smile, your hope, and your courage.
Remember: No one’s more important than people! In other words, friendship is the most important thing–not career or housework, or one’s fatigue–and it needs to be tended and nurtured.