By Jane Balvanz, MSE, RPT
Professional School Counselor

I’m grateful for an attitude of faith, for friends must believe in each other.

I’m grateful for an attitude of hope, so I may stay positive when my friendships go through times of trouble.

I’m grateful for an attitude of humility, so I may admit when I’m wrong.

I’m grateful for an attitude of giving, so I may share my authentic self.

I’m grateful for an attitude of compassion, so I may understand and accept the paths taken by my friends.

I’m grateful for the attitude of courage, so that I may stand up for my friends when others don’t.

I’m grateful for an attitude of responsibility, so I may be accountable for my part in keeping a friendship healthy.

I’m grateful for the attitude of honesty, so I may tell the truth with a gentle tongue.

I’m grateful for the attitude of respect, so that I may keep healthy friendship boundaries.

I’m grateful for the attitude of self-discipline, so that I let my anger cool before I say words I can’t take back.

I’m grateful for an attitude of forgiveness, so I may release resentments that poison friendships.

I’m grateful for the attitude of self-respect, so I may honor myself enough to leave unhealthy friendships.

 

© 2012 A Way Through, LLC

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