Choosing Good Friends

Learning the values of true friendship can be a challenge to most young people. Some people choose friends for different reasons. The main reason should be based on and to encourage positive values. You should always want (congenial) people surrounding you, to bring out the best in you. True friends will not put you in an uncomfortable position where you make unwise decisions. True friends should motivate and inspire you. Your friends can play an important role in your life. They can be there through good times as well as the most difficult decisions of your life. These difficult decisions can range from sex, alcohol, drugs, and even school. Someone positive with good family values may be an asset when faced with decisions like these. Good friends can be a huge benefit to life’s success, so choose wisely.
Don't feel as though you are losing your identity, by following the advice of others.  Sometimes
Some of the best advice comes from people who have your best
interest at heart.  Most of the time, these are your parents.  They may
Reasons Not to Choose Friends
  • Never choose a friend based on looks, because they can be very deceiving.
  • Never choose a friend because of what they have
  • Never choose a friend that’s involved with drugs, alcohol, smoking or any illegal activity
  • Never choose a friend on what they can do for you (they may want something in return you are  not willing to give)
Remember: If you have to work that hard to become someone’s friend, than it’s probably not a good idea to have them as your friend.

Community Service

Always project a positive image by giving back to those you who gave so much to you.  Community service is a great way of showing others how appreciative you are of the things they have done to help you get to where you are.  Whether it is serving food to the homeless or establishing  recreational activities for the elderly, do  something that will make a lasting impression on others.  
Remember that they may need help today, but it could be you tomorrow
Decision that you make everyday can bring on  stress. We invite a constant state of worrying into our lives, for petty reasons. We all waste energy where it is not needed. Take a step back and ask yourself is this worth my time or health. Most of the time you’ll see,  it is not.   If this is a mistake of yours, accept ownership and learn from it. Mistakes are made all the time, but don’t keep making the same one.
Handling Stress
Tips on handling stress
  • Go for a walk or workout..
  • Go to the movies, a concert, or a small get-together.(a different environment may calm your stress level)
  • Talk to someone about your feelings(counselor, therapist, or clergy member).
  • Try listening to your favorite music.
Stress for some teenagers isn’t just being in a bad moods. It can be a serious problem that impacts every aspect of their life. If this problem is left untreated, it can turn into depression. This can cause problems at home or school. It can also lead to drug abuse or even suicide.
For some, being a teenager can be one of the most difficult times in life.   If you feel this way, know that this era of your life will pass.  You only have one time to be a teenager;   you have the rest of your life to be an adult.  Listen to the people around you, who have gone through this stage of life already, like mom and dad.
It Takes Courage
Author Unknown

It takes courage
To refrain from gossip
When others delight in it,
To stand up for the absent person
Who is being abused.

It takes courage
To live honestly
Within your means,
And not dishonestly
On the means of others.

It takes courage
To be a real man or a true woman
To hold fast to your ideals
When it causes you
To be looked upon
As strange and peculiar.

It takes courage
To be talked about,
And remain silent,
When a word would justify you
In the eyes of others,
But which you dare not speak
Because it would injure another.

It takes courage
To refuse to do something
That is wrong
Although everyone else
May be doing it
With attitudes as carefree
As a summer song.

It takes courage
To live according
To your own convictions,
To deny yourself
What you cannot afford.
To love your neighbor
As yourself !
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