“The most intriguing people you will encounter in this life are the people who had insights about you, that you didn’t know about yourself.” Shannon L. Alder
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“Oh God ,I just met you ,but I feel I know you so much already”
A kindred spirit is someone whose energy resonates at the same frequency as yours.
They are the FEEL GOOD FACTORS
This can happen when you meet some one in person or online !
Definition of Kindred Spirit
According to Free Dictionary, Kindred spirit is defined as
“A person who shares several or many fundamental beliefs,ideas,convictions,sentiments,attitudes and/or interests with oneself”.
It’s shared way of experiencing the world.
Simply put, a kindred spirit is someone who you share a mutual meaningful connection with.
Kindred spirit is the person who understands you so well and you too feel ,you understand this person equally well at the very first meeting between you both.
Both are very comfortable with each other at any given point .
It’s about innate connection.
The kindred spirit can enter your life for a moment, for a short period or be with you life long .
We meet many people in our lives.With some we feel the disconnect as if there is a wall in between but with some you feel they are magnetic and you both get attracted to each other !
To discover a kindred spirit is to find your heart ,in the heart of a friend. Ann Parrish
Kindred spirits can be with anybody,be a known or unknown person.
What is the basis of Kindred Spirits ?
You both share common interests.
you can talk hours together and surprisingly outsiders can’t understand you.
You both understand each other so well and there is never an argument.
You both enjoy each others humour
You both feel as if you are a long-lost friends.
You are comfortable with each other .
You don’t hesitate to tell the most personal stuff
Though you might have met the person physically or online for a brief period, you have some sixth sense telling you that you can trust this person.
You are available all the time supporting each other both in Times of happiness and sadness.
You both are always in sync.You both understand your limitations.And there is some unexplainable cosmic flow between the two.The relationship is always positive and supportive.
Don’t confuse Kindred Spirits with soul mates or Twin flames.That is another discussion on some other day.
The shadows lingered
from a restless night, but I tried to be positive as God’s light rejuvenated my
soul. I listened quietly as my wife dreamed, and I tried to adjust myself to
fit into her position. I kissed her soothing body and prayed over her tragic
health news this week. Sometimes in life, you wish you could put the world in
reverse and take back past mistakes of bad decisions. We wasted too many years
apart before finding each other again. Now, I’m left with little time to make
up for my stupidity, and guilt haunts the “what if” category.
I’m reminded, reverently, we live our lives in God’s perfect timing. Our past life experiences are only to prepare us for the future. I crawled out of the covers. It was a new day, and the sun blessed the flowers; the birds chirped, and that which lied upon God’s planet came to His glory. I would be a speck of smudge on the earth’s surface if it weren’t for my faith. All things happen for a reason, and it is only God’s choice. I try to stay strong while our friends rally around us to rescue the brokenness of my will. It’s like kids on a little league team – everyone jumps out of the dugout and runs to help their fallen comrade. It’s a wonderful feeling when you’re lying face down in the dirt, and the whole team arrives to lift you out of the pain.
Tears have grown
now as my appreciation outweighs the love which continues to pour into us. How
can I sincerely thank all our friends, family, and followers, except to pray
God’s glory will shine on their kindness? The Lord watches over His flock, no
matter the situation. The sheep are gathered in herds, waiting to be fed once
again. Christ, our Shephard will feed the hungry who are gathered in His name.
But, thoughts turn to my beloved. I find my strength in God, for I must be a pillar for her to lean on in this time of distress. So, I take her hand to rededicate, before God, my deepest love for her. I pray, in the name of Jesus, I will give her my all for His love is all we need now. We will walk together in the valley of the elms and take refuge in God’s shade. Our mighty Savior will bring us through this, just like our many other scenarios. Miracles, my love, lie at the foot of the rainbow. ~~www.danabicksauthor.com~~
Thank you everyone for your love and support during this difficult time!
These days…Relationship means… Any where without you is better than any where with you
How individual lives are changing ,relationships are thrown into the dust bin,people forgetting the meaning and value & sacredness of ‘LOVE’,
Thanks to addiction to social media & smart phones !
Relationships are harder now!
“Conversations became texting,
Arguments became phone calls,
Feelings became subliminal messages,
Sex became easy,
The word ‘love’ is used out of context.,
Insecurities became a way of thinking,
Getting jealous became a habit,
Trust is hard to come by,
Being hurt became natural.
Leaving became the only option,
Sad but true,
So if you have something…that is worth it,..don’t take it for granted,
Fight for it,don’t let it go” pinterest
Be selfish,thanks to the inventions. indulge in your likings,Drink till you drop dead,fight without any reason,Ego is your life,jealousy is your partner, Greedy is your nature,Killing innocent is your taste,care not anybody,you owe the happiness you deserve,forget about dieting & exercises which are all money-making machines,,cheating is your mantra,money is everything and enjoy dying your own death,you owe nothing to anybody!
Is this the lesson modern-day life style teaching us ? Is this the meaning of advancement in human life ? Is this what all about relationships ?
And what about ethics,values,respect,responsibilities ,family relationship ?
True to some extent.Diamonds symbolize Status,Love,strength( hardness), beauty and Prosperity.
It’s also interesting to know why 60 th wedding anniversary is called ‘Diamond Anniversary’ ?. It’s because of longevity of the couple’s relationship both in times of happiness and difficulties and the marriage surviving this long of 60 yrs without break up in relationship, a toughest job indeed in the modern-day philosophy of ‘divorce’ at the drop of a hat.
Do you want to know which is tougher than Diamond ?
“True Love and Loyal Friends are two of the toughest things to find.” Unknown
Whichever part of the world you are in ,remember,never underestimate the power of true love and loyal friends. Be a true lover & don’t lose loyal friends.
One of the most beautiful qualities of true friendship is to understand and to be understood. Lucius Annaeus Seneca
It’s a 4.5 minute read,if you have patience proceed..
Before we proceed further let us understand ‘friendship’.
“Friendship is a best ship which can lead you on world tour” unknown
It takes roughly 200 hours to become best friends with someone, according to science. Can you sustain it afterwards ?
Say 6 months ? 1 yr…..3 yrs…..7 yrs…. Or till one of them decides to knock the Heavens door ?
Don’t you think… friendship is a complicated relationship among people ?
It can last from one day to…. life long !
“Friendship isn’t about whom you have known the longest…it’s about who came, and never left your side” unknown.
It is said that true friendship is possible,having similar wavelengths,and the two sharing their true feelings, whether a happy or sad situation in an honest way,at the same time maintaining the confidentiality,helpful to each other whenever possible and not interfering unnecessarily into their personal matters.
with the invention of internet and followed by online chat facilities…..both distant & near friendship became ONLINE
What is online friendship ?( Unknown to each other initially )
It is communication between two unknown friends exclusively via internet.With the advent of social media,video chats etc,it became easier, simpler and importantly faster to develop online friendship.
What is great about online friendship ?
1.You can develop confidence in yourself. 2. Get support in times of depression (morally). 3.Emotional bond. 4.Can add value to your life.
Is it necessary for online friends to interact face to face ?
Depends on the parties concerned. It is said that for friendship to be real,better they have face to face interaction and be honest with each other.
Can one trust online friendship ?
How sure are you that the other side person is true to what he or she,as they describe themselves ?
But remember,It is not all that easy to find right kind of person and probably you should think twiceand must be lucky !
Initially it may be touch and go ,but make sure you listen to your sixth sense.Suspicions apart,I think if both of them are on the same wavelengths,the friendship can boost and lasts longer.
Can online friendship between man and woman possible ?
If the friends happens to be man and woman,it all the more imperative that they know their limits and keep things cool.We also come across many examples of people falling in love and taking the friendship to next level and break up later.Ultimately it is up to them to decide how to maintain the relationship to be long-lasting.
If both parties intend to have fun ( online ),share the moments,having jokes,exchanging the ideas,making recommendations,suggestions, even helping each other’s in difficult situations,(need not be financial),and may or may not be serious in taking the friendship to next level…..it can still be a lot of fun!
What about age factor?
I am not sure.For teenagers the relationship is obvious. For Middle aged people it can be different meaning.For older people they are in need of affection & some body to talk to.
What if friends happen to be young & aged?
It is up to the individuals concerned to continue or stop depending upon the individual feelings and priorities.I am not able to guess really and internet search giving different opinions.
And the secret of lasting online friendship ?
In order to achieve lasting friendship,I think a continuous communication is important.I feel it should be on a daily basis at regular intervals.
The beauty of online friendship is that you don’t know the other person, personally and your imaginations run wild !( if you are not into video mode the fun is much greater)You are in your own virtual world,enjoying every minute ! The discussion can even be a deep personal conversation !
My take…long-lasting online friendship is possible, provided
1.If the parties develop mutual TRUST and be HONEST (not exploiting).Don’t overdo chats or get addicted.
2.Be frank and have an open communication.Have a regular chat schedule ( timing is important,both the parties must allot mutually convenient time) and keep in touch,know each other even better.
3. Be a good listener and appreciate the other party when the person deserves the same.
4.Give importance to the common bond.
5.Don’t be possessive.Tune down your ego to ZERO
6.If possible turn online friend into a real life True friend.
What is your experience with unknown online friends ?
Would you like to add any more suggestions ? please go ahead.
The culmination of this series on virtue is an examination of the chief of virtues, love. There are more words that have been written or spoken concerning love than perhaps any other subject.
It is safe to say that most of these words have to do with a romantic type of love. Love as a virtue is not that kind of love.
The Virtue of Love Comes from Above
The source of virtuous love is God Himself. According to the Apostle John,
1 John 4:7,8 Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God. Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love. [ESV]
Love’s source and identity are found in God. That is why love is the chief of the virtues.
It is the chief in authority over the virtues, and the chief purpose of all virtue. The authority of love comes from the authority of God, and the purpose of love is to know God.
The word translated as “love” throughout John’s letters is agape. That is the love which puts the good of another before oneself.
Agape is epitomized by the Lord Jesus laying down His life for us all. The goal of the virtue of love is to know that love from Christ to each of us.
What Love Is Like
The Apostle Paul gives a beautiful description of what love is really like in 1 Corinthians 13:1-7
If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. If I give away all I have, and if I deliver up my body to be burned, but have not love, I gain nothing. Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. [ESV]
Paul begins with the value of love over all other things that are good. It doesn’t matter how smart or wise one is. It doesn’t matter if my faith is the strongest of all.
It doesn’t even matter if I sacrifice all I have or am to a right cause. None of it matters without virtuous love from God giving it meaning.
Paul then goes on to describe the defining characteristics of godly love. He does so is both positive and negative ways, that is, he tells us both what love is and is not.
Love is both patient and kind. Love is also an advocate of truth. Love is the defining and motivating characteristic of these and all virtues.
What Love Is Not Like
Paul also explains what love is not like. First of all, love is not envious.
Envy is an all too common characteristic in most. Envy can never be a loving emotion.
Envy is the fuel for hatred of either another person or a group of people. Envy seeks the other person or group’s loss simply because they have more.
Love is not arrogant. Arrogance cares only about self, and love always reaches beyond the self.
Love is not rude or without manners. Rudeness doesn’t consider either the feelings of another or the standards of a society.
Love doesn’t insist on getting its own way. A better rendering of this Greek term is found in the NET Bible.
1 Corinthians 13:5 (Love) is not rude, it is not self-serving, …
If my purpose of life is to only ‘look out for number one,’ love will get disregarded. Love requires a larger purpose.
A life of love cannot be filled with resentment. A person with a perpetual chip on their shoulder doesn’t know the virtue of love.
Love is not in favor of wrongdoing. A loving heart is distressed with wrong whether that comes from others or from ourselves.
What Love Does
The last aspect of love from Paul’s letter concerns what love actually does. The first of these he mentions is that love “rejoices” in truth.
Paul states this as a contrast to love ‘not rejoicing’ in wrongdoing. Truth is a potent vaccine and antidote to wrong.
Love desires truth to prevail. Truth increases the joy of virtuous love.
Paul then lists four things love does concerning “all things.” He writes that love bears, believes, hopes and endures all things.
A detailed exposition of this is far too lengthy for this venue. Here is my shorter version.
Love ‘bears’ the burdens of the loved one. Moreover, it believes in the one loved.
Love brings hope to a loved one in need. It also endures even hurt for another.
Most of all, virtuous love does this “in all things.” That is, love does these consistently come what may.
There is one factor about virtuous, agape love which seems overwhelming to any honest person. It is the conclusion that no human could be this loving all the time in all circumstances!
At the least, I know I can’t. Nor can the best people I know, all far better than I at showing Godly love.
There is but one person who ever loved in that complete and perfect way. It is Jesus the Christ, the Son of the living God.
God sent Jesus to both show us the life of perfect love, and to die so we could live in His love. Following Him brings the virtue of perfect love to our lives.
Romans 5:8 But God shows His love for us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. (ESV)
Sources: The Holy Bible, English Standard Version, Crossway Bibles, 2001
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