Have you ever looked at a person and immediately decided that you couldn’t be friends? Maybe they dress differently or have a strange accent. Or maybe you’ve decided that you don’t need any friends? It’s easy to fall into judgment. You see someone who looks or acts differently than you and you instantly either feel connection, “We could be friends,” or repulsion, “We have nothing in common.” It’s easy to do, unfortunately, when you judge someone harshly, you risk the opportunity to have a great friendship. Maybe if I hadn’t taken the time to reach out to my church mates-slash-friends, I never would have known that we had so much in common. I guess I was so content with my few close friends that I shut other people out. One of the lessons I’ve learned is to give a people a chance and look for the value in them – not for just them, but also for you. By reaching out to people and looking for common ground, you’ll find that you have more in common with people than you first thought. And you’ll discover that you can have more friends than you ever imagined!
- May 14, ‘08 10:33 AM