I am sure we all remember the old Dion Warwick song, That’s What Friends Are For? The chorus might be running through your mind right now.

Other than your family, your friends may be the next most important thing in your life. And if you have a lot of friends at your workplace, you will surely miss them when you retire. It’s extremely important to think about finding new friends and renewing old friendships in retirement. You will now have more time to spend with the people you want to spend time with, if you make the time.

A Friend’s Promise

By: Kristal R

If you need to talk,

I’ll listen.

If you are feeling attacked,

I’ll be your defense.

If you need to cry,

I’ll hold you.

If you need to lean awhile

I’ll give you my shoulder.

If you feel lost,

I’ll guide you.

If you are feeling unsure,

I’ll be your confidence.

If you need to be angry,

I’ll let you.

If you need to trust again,

I’ll prove to you, you can.

If you are feeling afraid,

I’ll comfort you.

If you are feeling alone,

I’ll be the friend that won’t leave you

Here are twelve ways to live an extraordinary life by honoring the friends in your life:

Whose name or what would you put by each principle?

This is the friend to/for whom I will:

Pay more attention to: _____________________________________

Be grateful for: ______________________________________

Stop complaining about: _____________________________

Listen more to: ______________________________________

Have empathy for: ____________________________________

Pray for: ___________________________________________

Pray with: __________________________________________

Be happy for: ________________________________________

Be sad with: _________________________________________

Compliment: ________________________________________

Encourage: _________________________________________

Always say something good about: ________________________

Love unconditionally: _________________________________

If the whole world were blind, how many people would you impress? Are you boastful? Negative? Think only of yourself, always? Do you “one up” other people?

Are you a ‘my way or the highway’ kind of person? It’s not important what people say

about you when you are in the room. What’s important is what they say when you

leave the room.

“A best friend is someone who knows all about you and loves you anyway.”

As we grow up, we realize it becomes less important to have a ton of friends and

more important to have real ones. Who do you need to pick up the phone and call?

Send an instant message to? Write a note to and actually send it? Find on Facebook?

Time and good friends are two things that become more valuable the older we get.

The only thing that truly matters in the end is that you loved and were loved.

Look NOW into possible ways to make new friends as you ivestigate clubs, organizations or philanthropic opportunities that interest you to find friends and/or groups who have similar interests as you. Don’t wait. Time is of the essence.

Published by Jan Elliott

I provides tips and tools for retiring women 55+ who are seeking real support to plan for their golden years. Retirement for women today is totally different than it was for our mothers. Women today want more -to not only have their finances on order but their relationships, finding their passion or finally letting go of baggage. I use my own experiences and much research to provide women with the best tips and tools possible.

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