However, good friendships don’t just ‘happen’. They have to be cultivated and nurtured intentionally.
Each of us has various circles or levels of friendship.
- Acquaintances – these are the dozens and maybe even 100s of people you know, but on a surface level.
- Casual friendships – these are the many people with whom you have common interests and activities. There is a basic level of openness.
- Close friendships – these are the people who are close to you and with whom you have common goals.
- Intimate Friendships – these are the few people you have a deeper level of connection, commitment, and trust with. You feel safe with them.
It’s important to choose the right friends, as they influence us probably more than anyone else. We easily become like those we hang around with.
We all need to be friendlier. Reach out and make new acquaintances – out of these will come close friends. Make friends by being friendly. Ask questions, listen, and show interest.
There is a price to be paid if you want a valuable friendship. You can’t just order them through a drive-through window. It takes time and effort.
Friendship … Think about it.