A light and fun QBQ! blog with a practical message. Enjoy the metaphor!
Hopkins is the third oldest member of the Miller clan, predating even Kristin, my QBQ! speaker colleague.
Hopkins has lived with us in Mankato, MN; Great Falls, MT; St. Louis, MO; Brooklyn Center, MN; Plymouth, MN; and Denver, CO—since …
Hopkins is female Three-toed Box Turtle (shown above).
My wife, Karen, and I purchased “Hopkins” at a pet store in Hopkins, Minnesota more than 34 years ago!
Hopkins has experienced our ups and downs, highs and lows, and good times and bad. If there has been one constant in the Miller household, it’s Hopkins. She is the family pet that no one in our house can imagine not being in our house!
Hopkins … more than three decades of friendship. 🙂
In fact, Hopkins is a better friend than a dog. You see, a turtle never barks at the UPS or FedEx guy, messes on the carpet, sheds all over the couch, or eats my brand new bluetooth headset an hour after it arrived!!!
Hopkins has been a good friend.
Hopkins is the quality of friend I can only hope to be, because Hopkins never does these things:
Nor does Hopkins possess the immature human need to:
- Top me in conversation
- Have the last word
- Laugh only at her own jokes
- Make everything about her
- Say LET’S DO LUNCH! but never call
Really, Hopkins is the perfect friend. 🙂
Yes, yes, I know—it’s a silly metaphor, comparing a reptile to people. But maybe, just maybe, I need to be a little more like Hopkins, the Three-toed Box Turtle. Maybe I can be a better friend.
We listed 17 things good friends don’t do.
I like “don’t do this stuff” lists. For me, they’re more helpful than a list of things to do.
So, in reviewing the 17 behaviors good friends don’t engage in, here’s the question:
Have I been a good friend lately?
It’s an accountable question worth asking.
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