I have been TREMENDOUSLY blessed with the family and friends I have. True we don't get to choose our family but we do get to choose the type of relationships we establish and nourish with them. There are some relationships with family that can be poisonous and for those we can choose to pray for good health and happiness and move forward in life. Lucky for me I don't have those type of relationships to worry about.
I have an EXTREMELY strong bank of friends that I consider family. They motivate me to be better and are constantly challenging me to move ahead in life with my goals. It's so refreshing to have people be genuinely happy for me when I'm doing well and who are always there to check up on me when I have a bad day. They refuse to let me settle and deal with negativity. Of course I have to make sure I do the same for them and I wouldn't have it any other way. So I thank God for who he's placed in my life. I feel extra special for having them around. :)