After weeks of trying to schedule a time to get together, tonight I had dinner with two friends of mine. While sitting at the table, drinking my jamaica and devouring a plate of the best fish tacos I’ve ever eaten, I was reminded of how important it is to have good people – good friends – in your life. People who will encourage and support you. People who love you enough to be honest with you during the times when you are avoiding the truth. I feel so blessed to be encased in such a loving circle – to be in the presence of those who want to lift me up and pull me out of the abyss of my own negative thinking and remind me of how wonderful and special I am, and who will hold me accountable to the values, standards, and expectations that I set for myself. I was reminded of how important it is for me to be in the presence of those who don’t waste time and energy criticizing, judging, or speaking harshly about other people, but whose conversation focuses on how to better themselves. Where the purpose is to laugh, and to share with the intent of gaining insight one needs to make better choices. More specifically, as a woman, it re-affirmed the importance of having good girlfriends in my life. Let’s face it, no matter how many times you try to explain it to them, sometimes men just don’t get it, and I need to be able to engage in dialogue with those who will understand. For a long time, I felt as though I didn’t have many people in my life that I could confide in and now I do. I continue to pray for God to place the right people in my life, and it’s a good feeling to know that God is not simply listening to me, but is responding as well.