Friday, January 21, 2011

Acquaintance, Colleagues, Friends

.. associates, the list goes on. We brush into people, bump into them, glue to them, stay by them, stick by them...... all our lives this moving about takes place... no man is an island. Actually, it's hard to be an island with the world population hitting the 7 billion mark Oct this year!

Plenty of 2-legged creatures go in and out our lives. They become acquaintances, colleagues or associates (for those of us working) and friends. Casual acquaintances there're plenty... Friends? Now that's a bit more complicated. After all the word 'friend' has an etymology of love and affection.

It's actually hard to find many true friends.... one thing I am glad though for the lesson of 'compartmentalizing' the people in my life that I had in MYF years ago... acquaintances, colleagues, friends. By moving people from one compartment to another, it also helps me do damage control for myself. It helps overcome disappointment or allow it to fester into bitterness... By compartmentalizing too, I learn to scale down (or up) my hopes sometimes. People disappoint us... we disappoint people!

I think all of us go through disappointments in relationships... friendships. It's part and parcel of life. Ramble, ramble, ramble....

2 comments:

Thomas C B Chua said...

AJ 7, God gives us relatives; thank God we can choose our friends.
Love is blind, friendship closes its eyes.

AJ7 said...

LOL! Love is indeed blind... otherwise, we'll all be selfish indeed... mix of relatives, family and friends... guess God gives us just about the right amount of both sides to balance the scale... If all family, can 'khek si'... if all friends can also 'khek si'.....LOL!