We had a situation over the weekend – a teenage kid was looking for something to do and ended up talking to me while I worked in the yard for a couple hours. While he was a nice kid, what he was really looking for was friends to hang out with and spend time with. He was lonely and bored and started to think that we would be able to fill that need on a long term basis.
It really brought to mind how important it is for all of us to have and maintain friendships. A strong friendship can nourish us in times of need and allow us the same gift – to be able to nourish others in their need. A friendship can give us a place to laugh and a place to cry, bring us new interests and new insights, broaden our minds and our horizons. With true friends we can have differing opinions and goals, yet still be close.
Everyone is so busy, living their lives, running their businesses, going to work, dealing with the family, that friendships can fall by the wayside when we’re not looking. The problem is, once this happens, it can be very difficult to bring them back. If we didn’t need our friends, this wouldn’t matter but we do need them!
We are living with increasing isolation in a world that is instantly connected. As a Virtual Assistant, I can end up not leaving the house for over a week. I mean literally, not leave the house. Without the connections that I have with my friends, life would be very lonely and boring. I need to hear about everyone else’s commute so that I’m thankful I don’t have one. I need to hear about them going out to lunch so that I can wish I was with them, and then make plans to do so. I need to have someone I can email at a moment’s notice and go have Thai food and get pedicures. Without my friends, I would be boring. My friends help make me who I am.
So today, my Tip of the day is: Do something nice for a friend you haven’t contacted in a while. Make an effort to keep the friendship, you won’t be sorry!