“We can believe almost anything if it be

“We can believe almost anything if it be necessary to protect our pride”
– Douglas A. Thom

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Summer of Wholeness – Day 41 – Relationships: Friendships

Summer of Wholeness – Day 41 – Relationships: Friendships
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We don’t get to choose our family, but we do get to choose our friendships. I have been very lucky in this area. I have great friends who I have known since high school. We still talk regularly (though we no longer live close to each other) and once a year we get together for “friends weekend” where we just hang out and catch up. I have some friends who I trust areas of my life that I wouldn’t share with anyone else. I know that they will be there when I need them and they know the same is true for them. I ask their advice about things and their answers are always thought provoking, especially because they know me so well. I also have lots of friends who although we don’t see each other all the time, when we connect it’s always a lot of fun and filled with love. Creating a circle of friendships is important to living a life of wholeness. They add so much to our lives. Today I want to talk about how friendships. I think that when you are a great friend, you get a great friend in return.

• Be smart about your friendships – We choose our friends, so choose wisely. No one has time for everyone, so cultivate friendships that will enrich your and their lives.
• Make time – We talked about this some yesterday. Relationships take time to work well, so make the time! Make sure that making time goes both ways. A good friend will make a friendship a priority. If you don’t make time for friends it can lead to people feeling neglected. Which leads to…
• Friendships can change and sometimes end – As people grow and life intercedes, friendships can change. Sometimes the things that bound you as friends no longer exist and the relationship slowly peters out and eventually ends. Sometimes you may realize that a friendship is not healthy and you may have to end it. That is ok. The ebb and flow of friendship is a natural thing. You will have some friendships for your entire life and some for just a season. And sometimes there is a great moment when a casual friend comes through in a big way and becomes a close friend.
• Be accepting – We are all different people and the way you live your life may be completely different from the way your friend lives theirs. Realize that people are different and be accepting of that. Don’t judge. Trying to change a friend is a losing battle, so learn to accept people as they are or look at top point again.
• Laugh and enjoy – A good friendship should be a place where you enjoy each other’s company and laugh. Create rituals that help you build lasting ties to each other. I have a friend who I see every week for a run. The run is great, but I think we both enjoy the catching up time as much, if not more.
• Sometimes you will get mad – Every relationship goes through a time where you will disagree about something. Your friend will do something that ticks you off to no end. Remember this: They aren’t perfect. Be forgiving and move forward. Have grace towards your friends because you’re not perfect either!

A great friend is someone you can count on when you need them, talk to when you need advice and share important moments in your life. A great friendship helps you each grow as a person and helps keep you grounded. A friend is someone you can share the highs and lows of your life. So go out today and be a great friend. Pick up the phone and give a friend a call and tell them thank you for being your friend. And don’t forget: Life is a journey, not a destination!

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