Reason for this Goal to be a good friend: Good relationships with just a few close friends is really important. It’s easy to have many acquaintances whom we call friends, but it takes more to be a good friend. A good friend will be there through the good times and the bad, throughout your entire life, to grow old with.
A good friend is someone who . . .
If you don’t currently have friends whom you would call good friends, as characterized above, decide that you will seek them out. Remember the importance of having friends that are good people (reference Goal 21). Also remember that it takes work and effort to be a good friend, but it is vitally important.
Man has evolved through the centuries in tribes as social beings, so why is it that so many of us have limited meaningful social connections, and face loneliness. In the book, Blue Zones, about the longest living centenarians on this planet, one of the common factors is that people with good social connections are the happiest and live the longest.
As we move on in life, it is so easy to lose contact with friends and acquaintances of all kinds, especially friends from our different schools that we have attended: public school, high school, college, or university.
It takes effort to stay in contact. Be the person that reaches out. Don’t worry if the other person doesn’t reciprocate; that doesn’t mean they don’t want to stay in contact.
Kathy and I are very fortunate to have had an amazing best friend relationship with the couple that introduced the two of us back in the late 1980s. Gary and Sue have been part of our life in so many ways:
We also have great relationships with two other couples, with whom we travel together and enjoy each other’s company immensely, both of whom we’ve taken cruises with.
Suggested Goal(s): Be a good friend and maintain at least 2 good friend relationships.
Your Outrageous Goal: Be a good friend and maintain 10 good friend relationships.
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