Friendship as a healing tool may be too far out there for some of you (I do live in California you know), but my roots are solidly Midwestern so this is not a signal that I have gone off the deep end. We all need somebody to listen to our hopes and dreams, encourage us when things don’t work out as planned, and celebrate with us when those pipe dreams explode into successful gushers.
Your friends are those special people who have come into your life through school, church, volunteer situations, community organizations, with whom we share common interests or geography…and have nurtured a relationship with.
Our grandmothers exchanged news over the clothesline, backyard fence or on the party telephone line. Today, social media uses “friend” as a term to indicate engagement…but the connection may be weak, perhaps even superficial. It’s up to you and me to develop a relationship with those who seek to “friend” us by helping them get to know us through our status updates and blog posts. Sharing our triumphant parts along with our broken parts helps our new friends learn about us…how we are different…and the same.
I recently joined a Mastermind Group with some very dynamic women and as we were introducing ourselves I was struck by the fact that we were all so different…yet we had one mission! We are all passionate about serving the people who needed our particular expertise and were asking for help in sharing our message.
Friends need friends to support, uplift and celebrate the divergent yet similar paths we travel alone and together.
Building relationships with your Facebook Friends allows you to have friendships that extend farther than anything Grandma could have imagined…where has the web led you?