how to make friends
"While it may be scary to practice forgiveness, to open ourselves up to love, or to risk triggering our insecurities -- our friendships are the health clubs for our personal growth, helping us build those muscles and develop the skills that will bring joy, peace, and love into our lives."
Though the team behind the podcast has no immediate plans for future speed dating events, they have several in the works
By far the most powerful message imparted in our 70Candles conversation groups has been the importance of other women in the lives of our participants. Women emphasized over and over again the strength they receive through their ties to other women.
As I've been focused on what it means to deepen friendships, it reminded me today that I also need to keep talking about how to start friendships! If you're in a place where you need to be gathering up people to befriend, then here's a quick list of my best advice for creating new friendships!
I have found that "#$@%, I was close to putting the kids out on the street with nothing but a bag of Oreos this morning," weeds out the women who can't stomach cursing or hyperbole. (This also weeds out moms who will judge your breakfast food choices.)
It's my contention that faith should take us deeper into the experience of friendship... and show us more of God. And I believe the suggestion that friendship ranks among the most important beliefs of the faith is present everywhere we find faith -- in our Scriptures, in our tradition, in our logic, in our experience.
In Jack's mind, you never lose friends, you just don't see them outside of your own mind as much as you used to. And to my son, that is the beauty of life. You just keep adding more and more friends. It never ends!
I'd like to offer a bit more "classical" advice with some time-tested and sage counsel from the scholars. Socrates, Aristotle, and even Cicero (renaissance fellow that he was), all had pretty clear and relatively consistent ideas about what constitutes a friend.
In the space of an hour, my daughter was able to do effortlessly what I never -- as a child, or as an adult -- have been able to pull off: painlessly making friends.
"I love to see how introverts really use their strength at listening and focused conversations to bring out the best in other
Sometimes, I don't feel motherly enough, childless enough, married enough, single enough or career-driven enough to meet up with someone that I haven't seen in awhile.
Whether it's because you've undergone a life transition that made you grow apart from old friends -- a relocation, a job change, a divorce, a marriage, becoming a parent -- or whether you've just recognized that many of your friendships have gradually faded (or worse, become toxic), you're never alone if you're looking to make new friendships.