What does it take for someone to earn a place in your life?
Is the criteria complicated?
Are there invisible tests they must pass?
Or do all that apply get accepted?
Trust should be earned. Not given away for free.
People should be approached with an open heart,
but earning a permanent place there, should come with
a few qualifications.
First and foremost, is the love and trust reciprocated?
It should never feel one sided.
Second, are secrets kept, and confidences held close?
You want to know that your most intimate thoughts and vulnerabilities
won’t be betrayed to others.
Third, are they dependable? Will they be there when you need them?
Will they drop everything in a crisis to be available to you?
If you can answer yes to all three of these questions,
then and only then, should someone become significant in your circle.
You may even have a couple more criteria of your own that must be met,
But let these three questions be a true litmus test of who you hold
close and who you keep as an acquaintance.
Not everyone EARNS a place of SIGNIFICANCE in your heart.