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,
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: _________________________________________
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.