Jacqueline Laurita

Jacqueline sympathizes with Teresa and Melissa's situation and talks about all the Catskills craziness.

on Jun 27, 2011

Family business should be kept family business. If Teresa asks for my advice or opinion, I will always give her an honest answer, because I love her and I want to help her.  If there are times that I don't agree with her reasoning, or if I feel like she's made a bad choice, I will tell her, but it does not mean that I am not her friend or that I am choosing one side over another. As a friend I will do my best to help her resolve a problem or situation that I know is hurting her. I have on many occasions listened and sympathized with Teresa on how she felt she was being treated by others. My heart felt for her. I always say that you can't control what another person is doing or saying, but you can control yourself and how you choose to react or view a situation. I try to get my friend to look at herself and her actions and then try to get her to look at the other person's point of view for a better understanding of how that situation got to a bad place. I will give her the best advice I can to resolve her problems. I do it out of love. I expect the same from my friend. I value their opinion whether or not they agree with me. As much as I think I already know, there is always room to learn more. I like to keep an open mind. 

I am the friend you can call on day or night or even in the middle of the night, and I will be there for you. I will listen. I will advise you. I enjoy helping others. I try my best not to take sides. I realize there are two sides to every story. Maybe even three. Everybody's feelings should be validated. Everybody feels justified. Sometimes feuds start by miscommunications or from different perspectives on the same situation. Who am I to judge? I would like to think that my friends have an understanding of who I am and love me for being me and wouldn't try to make me feel uncomfortable by pressuring me to take a side. That's not who I am. Especially when it comes to family. All families fight, all families have issues, all families (whether it takes days, months or even years) will more than likely make peace eventually. (At least they should try.)