i know there are *sandpaper* people and *velvet* people in our lives - from a devotional i read many years ago that has stuck with me.
the sandpaper people are used to sand away your rough spots, as in polishing a diamond. they are irritating, annoying, there for good reason.
the velvet people (like my friends, here) are in your life because their words are soothing. make you feel better, feel loved.
while neither is more important than the other, both are extremely necessary for our growth.
martha, martha said this in her comments box yesterday and I'm putting in in my "quotes journal" ... too true ... thanks, p!