Recently I sent an email out to my readers asking them how they were going in the realm of friendship. My latest manuscript is about connection in a disconnected world and I wanted to here from them what they thought.
I was overwhelmed by the response with over 95% of them saying one of the greatest difficulties in friendship today is how busy we are as a society.
When was the last time you sat in front of a friend and had a good old fashioned, honest chat?
Keeping it real in this area of relationships can be so difficult when we are all so busy, keeping busy.
Social Media and our technology-obsessed culture make it easy to believe that we have many friends.
However I am coming to learn that those who lay down their screens and say yes to connection in the midst of their busy schedules and slow down together are the ones that feel deeply connected.
How are you keeping it real?
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Social media is a great tool to be used in conjunction with face to face contact with those we value as true friends. Planning a catch up for coffee, taking the time to actually call a friend or planning a social outing together lets our dearest friends know that they are more important to us than just catching a regular glimpse of the parts of their lives they are willing to display to just anyone. It tells them we want to hear ALL about what’s going on with them. We want to hear the ‘not so great’ stuff. It says we care if they are going through a hard time. While navigating our way through the various modes of social contact, nothing beats a face to face or voice to voice reminder that we are all worth the effort.
Thank you for the post, Amanda.
What you have written is very true.
Thankyou so much for reading