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30 Days of Truth Day 11: Compliments

This is Day 11 of the 30 Days of Truth series. (Day 123456789 | 10).

What is something that people tend to compliment me on?

There are three things about myself that I can confidently say are my most prevalent and successful traits:  I’m smart, I’m funny, and I’m a good friend.  Out of those, I hear that I am a good friend more frequently than anything else.

I absolutely put a lot of effort into being a good friend.  I try to remember birthdays, I keep in touch, I lend an ear or a hand (or a dollar), and, sometimes to the detriment of me or my friend, I fix problems.  My intentions are always good, and while I’m selfish in the fact that I like having and keeping a lot of friends and it makes me feel good about myself, I don’t otherwise have ulterior motives.

I’ve learned over the last year or so that all of those things that I do to maintain and grow friendships aren’t always necessary.  People don’t think I’m a good friend because I mention their birthdays on my blog or call them every week.  It’s in my nature to be a good listener (when it comes to issues other than my own, that is) and to be there for my friends.  I think that’s why people consider me a good friend.  They know that if they need me, I’ll be there, I won’t judge them, and I’ll have their back, no matter what.  And that doesn’t take any extra effort or special planning – that’s just who I am.

P.S. I added another 30 or so photos to my photo wall and my living room wall is almost completely filled with photos of me and my friends!  You can go see the photos here.

43 thoughts on “30 Days of Truth Day 11: Compliments”

  1. You sound like a good guy to have in one’s corner. Also, it’s fun to get to know a blogger through 30days. Cool picture wall, I have a similar one in my office…comprised of pictures of friends and traveling. It keeps me going through many rough days.

  2. That’s pretty awesome. From having followed you around on the internets, and after having dinner last month, it’s obvious that you’re a good friend. And that it comes by you naturally.

    You’re gracious, and funny, and you listen and give good advice.

    Good on ya, Avitable!

  3. I’d like to compliment you on your nice, big…. photo wall 😉

    You are an awesome friend because you are an awesome person. My daughter’s teacher said something to her at our student-parent-teacher interview yesterday that is still resonating with me today:

    “To have good friends, you need to be a good friend.”

  4. I don’t know you as well as other readers, of course, but I know you well enough to say I agree wholeheartedly with your being smart, funny, and a good friend. I hope in time I will be as good a friend as you are and hope you know you really can call or chat me up if you ever need anything (even though I hate the phone, I would for sure take your call).


  5. I do think you’re a good friend for those reasons, and also because you let me listen when you need someone. That is what completes the friendship for me. Otherwise you’re just my therapist. 🙂

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