Everything we are and everything we will become is a direct or indirect result of those who have influenced us. We are a patchwork of the thoughts, talents and skills that have touched various components of our being at different times, and in different ways.
We are one, and yet, not anything alike in our perceptions that we all share. Our lives are mere canvases and we are but artists and writers, poets and musicians. We play to our own tunes – some harmonious, most not. We are the company we keep!
We are free but we act inhibited. We have choices, but we tell ourselves and each other we have none. We are moody, temperamental, sullen and at times sad. We think we are rich when we are poor and poor when we are rich, but we still count on each other, no matter what we have to give or how much we have taken. We are the company we keep.
We are accusatory, in denial and… at times, evasive, and in the same breath we are generous to a fault, much too hospitable and in some instances too loving. We connect and disconnect, make friends and lovers and just as quickly, abandon them. We open our homes and our hearts; close our doors and our minds. We group together and we insist on being on being apart. We are the company we keep!
We band together in a crisis, or we silently, drift away in defeat. Our empathy goes out to those who need us and we often lend them a hand when they require our help, whenever we can. We share confidences and enjoy each other’s war stories and learn a lot from exchanging our life’s lessons. We are the company we keep!
We can be genuine and forthright, or deceiving and manipulative. We can tell the candid truth and risk appearing harsh or overly critical, or believe we are kind because we beat around the bush. We are the company we keep.
We are healthy in mind and in body, or neglectful of ourselves and our well-being. We are vibrant and radiate a glow of positivity, or we lack luster and energy. We are the company we keep.
At times we reach out to the injured, the forgotten or the lost, or if we choose to, we make some excuse to justify walking past a homeless person and tell ourselves we have contributed enough. We are the company we keep.
We are the black sheep, the sister, the brother, the long-lost dad or the absent mother who struggles to be accepted in the family, or we are the favorite, the hero, the one who can do no wrong. We are the patsy, the fall guy, the loser, the lost one that never can get it right. We are the company we keep.
I am you and you are me and we are the company we keep!
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Scene from Sitcom “Friends with Benefits”
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