"When a person shows you who they are, believe them...." Maya Angelo
I've always known that surrounding one's self with good people helps to maintain your good character, faith, integrity, good reputation and peace. It also helps to minimize unnecessary hurt, drama, and disappointment. We have a tendency to disregard who people truly are even after they have shown us otherwise, by they way they have treated others, showing poor integrity, and lack of moral character.
So often, we neglect to take into consideration how a person treats others because we feel they would never do that to us. That assumption is very wrong. We are people of habit and the way we treat others and ourselves stems directly from how we process things and our belief system. Since we are not a people of multiple belief systems, everything is factored through that one. We are who we are and not who we pretend to be for the most part. While people can change, that should not be the basis upon how often we surround ourselves with them.
Who we genuinely are will show in our private and most comfortable encounters. When we are looking to self-evaluate or determine a person's character before proceeding, those are the most important times to comb through. Surround yourself with people who are consistently and genuinely good people in their private encounters and in the public.
New King James Version (NKJV)
You Will Know Them by Their Fruits
15 “Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves. 16 You will know them by their fruits.Do men gather grapes from thornbushes or figs from thistles? 17 Even so, every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit. 18 A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a bad tree bear good fruit.19 Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. 20 Therefore by their fruits you will know them.
My name is Frankie Reed-Shaw. I am a wife and mother of three. I love all things creative, especially writing thought-provoking pieces. I embarked on my journey of blogging about growth, maturity, and SPIRITUAL concepts about two years ago. My passion is expressing challenging ideas in hopes that myself, and others, engage in consistently thinking outside the box and strive to live a most authentic life, free of constraints. Don't be shy, feel free to comment your life experiences and wisdom on any post.