Making Friends

The glory of friendship is not the outstretched hand, nor the kindly smile nor the joy of companionship; it is the spiritual inspiration that comes to one when he discovers that someone else believes in him and is willing to trust him. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

Making friends is not as easy as it used to be. We don’t meet up in the sandbox, or swing next to each other on the playground, or work together on a science experiment. Conversations are more difficult because everyone is on his/her phone or busy with life in general. So how do we break outside our comfort zone or avoid grabbing our phones when we’re alone and feeling vulnerable?

CREATIVITY might very well be the answer! Think of alternative ways to make friends. Ask a question to jumpstart conversation. Reintroduce yourself to someone who you recognize but whose name you don’t remember. Host a morning coffee for school moms (or dads). Making friends is really about getting creative. Get online and check out meetup.com to join in with a group who shares an interest. Get a local newspaper and check out activities going on in your community. Volunteer at your child’s school – you will certainly meet a new person there! Go to a dog park and meet another animal lover.

There are many ways to connect that don’t cost anything except your time. Friends help us laugh. Friends help us cope. Friends help us believe in our ideas and ourselves. They are as important as the sun, the air and the other things that nurture us as human beings.

Make it a strong day!