One young man chose to talk on the subject of Friends. He shared how he liked to choose friends that would inspire him to be better, to improve his life. He told about one friend who has strove to become a great runner. In his mind this young man has thought, "When I grow up, I want to be like him." This of course generated a laugh, since the friend in question is only a year older.
But this young man said something that resonated in my soul - We should choose friends that inspire us to be better and we need to be a friend that others will want to aspire to be like. Real friends help each other grow and become better people.
A friend "will influence how you think and act, and even help determine the person you will become." I have been blessed to have such friends and I am so thankful that my children have good friends as well. I continue to strive to be the friend I would want to have.