Cydney Baron

Right on schedule, everyone is feeling thankful.

Halloween is done and the elections are over so, right on time, everyone is sharing what they are thankful for this year.

You'll see the posts on Facebook from now until Thanksgiving.

And they're all very similar.

It's easy to be thankful for the things that make life easier.

But this year, I'm especially thankful for the friend that makes me better.

A friend recently sent me a reminder that puts things in perspective:

"What we do each day not only shapes us, but also the world we live in. So, find the strength to hold the world in your hands and mold it into what you want it to be."

I'm grateful to have friends like this who hold me to higher standards. Who remind me to take responsibility and take action.

Friends that not only entertain me, but make me better.

These are the kinds of friends that listen to me cry, then tell me to dry it up and get back to work because there's progress to be made and solutions to be found.They're the kind that call me out on my nonsense.

Friends that tell me when I'm out of line and encourage me to replace my venting with brainstorming.

It's easy to be thankful for luxuries and the little things that make life easier.

But I think we should also remember to be thankful for our tough-love friends, the people who push us to be our best selves.

Cydney Baron is the editor of the Claremore Daily Progress.