The Friendship Compass


“Surround yourself with good people” is perhaps the most important piece of advice I have ever received.  I took it to heart and put it into practice.  The following blog is a tribute to my four best friends who have increased the quality of my life with the quality of their character.

I think of my four best friends like the four cardinal directions on a compass.  Each of them points to a side of me I like.  Each of them help to guide me, keep me on course, and remind me of who I am.

Erik is my Mischief
Adam is my Reflection
Todd is my Intellect
Micah is my Conscience

Erik (Mischief)
I love the mischievous side of myself.  It is as much a state of mind as it is any particular action.  I enjoy practical jokes, gutter level humor, being sneaky, setting things on fire, laughing at inappropriate comments, or just going outside to play not knowing what will happen.  As my oldest friend, Erik and I have been creating trouble since before we could read or write.  Although all four of my best friends can bring out the mischievous side of me Erik does it best!

Adam (Reflection)
Sometimes it is good to see yourself in another person.  Since the day I met Adam, I have seen reflections of myself in almost everything he does.  He loves competition, he has a bit of an edge and likes to prove people wrong, he is passionate about his friends and his interests.  He believes he can do anything with hard work and determination.  He needs to have a challenge or project to be happy.  Although all four of my best friends reflect aspects of my own personality,  Adam does it best!

Todd (Intellect)
I have a love affair with ideas, concepts, insights, and information.  As much as I love these things, Todd loves them more.  I have never met anyone who thinks as much about more stuff than Todd.  When we get together, I get to exercise my brain, challenge my assumptions, question what is true, and consider new perspectives.  I always walk away with lots to think about.  Although all four of my best friends are extremely intelligent and challenge me to think in new ways, Todd does it best!

Micah (Conscience)
I want to be a good person.  I want to do more good in my lifetime than bad.  I want to choose the right path and the right thing to do even when it is difficult.  I want to live according to my principles, values, morals, and be true to myself.  Micah is all of these things seemingly without effort.  He inspires me to be a good person without saying a word.  Although all four of my best friends are quality people and exceptional human beings who inspire me to be the best version of myself, Micah does it best!

Like four directions on a compass, these four amazing friends guide my path and keep me headed in the right direction.

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    • Scott
    • May 26th, 2010

    This may be your best blog post yet for reflection and tribute to another human spirit. You are a marvelous person, and truly a great friend to each of the 4 points on your compass.

    • Brady
    • May 30th, 2010

    Great blog post…this made me think about the people in my life and see what aspect of their personality attracted me to them and vice versa…

    It seems like we all share a collective conciousness on one level or another with everyone, but for some reason we resonate with certain people in a very real and noticeable way. It’s cool to find these people…and I’m glad you shared this insight with the rest of us.

    • Thanks Brady! I love this line “for some reason we resonate with certain people in a very real and noticeable way” You hit the nail on the head! Thanks for the insight my friend!

    • I (State Your Name)
    • June 2nd, 2010

    I think this is one of my favorite posts by you! I just would like to add that (at least in my experience) sometimes people can have a tremendously positive impact on your life who may not necessarily be your “friends”– people who come into your life at the right place and right time and with whom your active connection may be very short-lived (teachers, mentors, even strangers come to mind as examples).

    Anyway, I hope you do more posts about friendships; it is such an awesome (and I feel, neglected) topic of reflection. 🙂

    • Well said! I will do more on friendship in the future!

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