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Our Friendships Keep us Accountable and Appreciating Our Lives October 11, 2013

By Julie Murphree, Julie’s Fresh Air

I treasure my friendships. Like many, I have a core group of friends. We consider each other “our intimates.” We share everything with each other. Our hopes, dreams, concerns and more. Everyone needs a core group; small and intimate to keep one accountable and joyful in life.

A quote by Virginia Satir (1916-1988), an American author and psychotherapist, spoke with insight regarding relationships. “I want to love you without clutching, appreciate you without judging, join you without invading, invite you without demanding, leave you without guilt, criticize you without blaming, and help you without insulting.”

It’s not always easy to achieve what Satir advocated. But your true friends can do it easier than certainly a stranger. I can truly say that my intimates love me without clutching, appreciate me without judging, join me in all my endeavors without invading, invite without demanding, leave me without guilt and when I need criticizing do it without blaming me. Most of all, they help me without insulting.

Truly, I have a great group of friends.

So blessed to have the friends I have: Sue Wolf (far left), Debbie O'Donnell and Mary Hartman.


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