A Best Friend Is Your Sister And Soulmate, All In One

A Best Friend Is Your Sister And Soulmate, All In One

You know what the other is thinking without them even saying it.
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There's no experience like having a best friend. Best friends are more valuable than gold. Best friends are your true soul mates. Finding a real best friend is truly a treasure.

A best friend is the one who you can always count on to be there for you. If you're having an emergency in the middle of the night, they are the one you call. Maybe the emergency is that you had a fight with your parents, or maybe that boy you're crushing on is finally single; either way, your best friend is the person who is always there to celebrate with you or build you up when you are sad. They're you're biggest cheerleader and best confidant, the one you know you can cry to, whether they're tears of laughter or sadness.

A best friend is that person who will go get ice cream with you at 2am in your pajamas and eat the whole Ben and Jerry's container with you. And you know the whole time you are eating that ice cream you are curled up on the couch with your cell phone between you Facebook stalking those cute boys you have crushes on and plotting specifically how you should word your next text message to them, after reading into each and every syllable of their message to you (including the use of or lack of use of emojis). A best friend is who falls asleep next to you after talking for hours and hours about your hopes and dreams as you're falling asleep, but somehow all the most important conversations happen here, in the dead of night when you're both loopy with exhaustion.

When you're with your best friend, non-verbal communication is huge. You know each other's looks and can read each other's minds just as well as if you were speaking to each other. You can catch their eye across the room and just know that they are thinking the same thing as you. That person just being annoying in front of you? Yeah, all you needed was your best friend's eyebrow raise for you to know and understand that she too thinks this person is annoying and can't wait to discuss it with you later in a more private setting.

A best friend is your soul mate in a way your boyfriend can never be. Yeah, your boyfriend is important. But your best friend was there before him and you know will be there for you forever. And no boy has that place until he's your husband. And even still you know you'll be taking off to have random best friend sleepovers even after you are married with kids. (So long honey, have fun with the kids tonight!) Meanwhile you and your BFF get a hotel room at Disney World and stay up all night gossiping about cute celebs like Flynn Rider.

Finally, a best friend is your sister. Biological or not. You are just as welcome in their family as they are in yours. You are perfectly comfortable randomly showing up at their house and would consider it normal if she did the same to you. Maybe you even live together already. Regardless, you consider yourselves family even if you don't technically share the same blood. Whether you live near or far, you know that you will always love your best friend like family and nothing can ever change the relationship you share with them.

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Acts 1:8 Ministry Explains How To Teach Your Child To Be Charitable And Compassionate

Acts 1:8 Ministry, a non-profit organization based out of Wisconsin, believes in building strong community foundations with integrity and humility.

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There have been many natural disasters that have wreaked havoc in the United States and around the world such as tornadoes, hurricanes, earthquakes, floods, tsunamis, and volcanic eruptions. Over the last few decades, the generosity of Americans has become well-known, and it's vital to inspire this charitable and compassionate concern for others down to future generations.

Acts 1:8 Ministry has helped enrich the lives of others around the globe through the support of generous donors and volunteers who want to help spread kindness, strengthen their faith, grow the Christian church, and improve communities. To pay it forward, Acts 1:8 Ministry explains below how parents can instill charitable and compassionate qualities in their children through word, action and leading by example.

Start At Home

If you have more than one child, you know there are those times they don't want to share toys, snacks, or even friends. Teaching siblings to share is less complicated when you teach your children why the love for each other is so important. In a family unit, each member depends on all the others. Parents provide shelter, food, clothing, and different needs. Children contribute by helping with chores, obeying house rules, and doing their homework. Mutual love and respect are what strengthens the family unit. Working and giving together teaches invaluable lessons to children and builds a secure family unit.

Working Together For Others

Donating time at a food pantry, shelter, or meal distribution center for low-income families or homeless folks in your local area teaches your children the importance of caring for those who are less fortunate. Explain why it is wrong to judge people who need free services to survive. Your children may encounter people who are dirty and wearing smelly clothes, and they need to know not to say anything that would hurt their feelings or embarrass them.

Giving Together For Others

If your state has a beverage deposit on soda, juice, and alcoholic beverages, you and your children can collect discarded cans and bottles. The money you receive from their redemption can be donated to a variety of charitable causes including animal shelters, food banks, clothing distribution centers, or a local charity you support. There is always a need for cash at all of these facilities. Plan annual family fundraisers, such as yard, craft, bake, and plant sales. Donate the money earned to one or more charitable projects the family chooses together.

Establish Charitable Habits

Establish habits and family routines to encourage charitable acts. Choose things that fit your family's lifestyle. Keep a large "charity" jar and place a dollar amount in it every time the family does something special such as going to the movies, spending a day at a water park, eating out, or taking a vacation. Whenever the family spends money on a fun adventure or outing, setting a little money aside to be used for those who don't have the same opportunities helps children understand the need for caring about other people. Other things you can do as a family include:

• Reduce the amount of clothing in your closets, and donate clean and undamaged items to a charity that distributes clothing to low-income families.

• Clean out the toys. Donate unbroken toys and games to homeless shelters that take in families or to a home for battered women and their children.

• Donate your time to visit a nursing home, and talk to different residents. Encourage your children to ask the older folks to tell stories about their childhood.

• Bake cookies or bread together and distribute to older people that live in your neighborhood. Have your children make a card to give with the food gift.

• Help a neighbor who has been sick with yard work, taking out the trash, or other chores he or she is not able to do.

Children love making others happy and will continue to feel the same way as adults if you help them establish the habits of caring, sympathy, helping, and compassion when they are young. By teaching children the core values of caring and compassion, future generations of Americans will continue to be the world's most generous and compassionate people.

About Acts 1:8 Ministry:

Acts 1:8 Ministry is a non-profit organization that equips Christians to care, share and connect people to Christ through Christian kindness. The Planned Acts of Christian Kindness® Program has touched thousands of lives in the US and over 100 countries worldwide. Through the Water Project, over 130 water wells drilled, blessing hundreds of thousands of lives with clean water.

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A Poem: My Mother

In honor of Mother's Day, that was on the 12th, here is a poem dedicated to my mother.

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To the only person who can be my mentor, friend, and leader at the same time

To someone who would make me read my own books before bedtime

And puts everything down to make sure there is a smile on my face

To the person that I find impossible to ever replace.


Somehow you are always right even when it seems wrong

And when the worst does happen, how do you still manage to stay so strong?

I'm not only impressed but inspired by you

Knowing that somehow you'll always know me better than I do.


When I'm frustrated and annoy you, you simply try to understand me

Because you have always told me that even when you can't understand, plain acceptance is the key

You have listened to all my laughs, heard me cry, and felt my emotions like they were your own

You are the only reason I am joyous and the security I need to know that I am never alone.


To the only person who has truly taught me how to live

And watched me grow and make mistakes yet still knows how to forgive

Because that's who she is, certainly not like any other

There are many women but none like my own mother.

Happy Mother's Day!

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