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Challenging Friends

July 12th, 2005 · No Comments

I have been reflecting on friends who challenge me to do better, be
better and be authentic.

These arent ordinary friends!!  And I count myself lucky to have a
couple who really do challenge me to be the best me I can be.  And when
I am wishy washy, or show some fear around something, or say something
that really isnt me, they challenge me.  And they let me get away with NOTHING!

It just so happens that both these friends are also coaches.  Thanks girls (you know who you are) xx

And whilst I always expect to be challenged by my coach (and she never
disappoints), girl friends for the most part have been supportive and
encouraging and simply a part of my life – but they havent necessarily
challenged me directly.  (Possibly indirectly by the way they conduct
their lives and setting a good example, but I dont recall many holding
me accountable for my words and being authentic, and persisting until I come out the other side stronger and wiser and more me…)

As women who do too much, sometimes we do take our friendships for granted, we get so busy that it is hard to take time for the pleasure of connection and companionship.  Is challenging with love and the highest of intentions something we could do to connect in a more meaningful way with our friends, to enhance the quality of all our lives? 

Food for thought and I would love your ideas and experiences on this…
and if you’re one of my dear friends – I’d love to know whether you
think I could have challenged you (some, more)…

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