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Ovation: Being A Friend To Have A Friend.

06/04/2014

WillYouBeMyFriendDo you have a best friend?  As children, we all probably did.  Many of us are fortunate enough to remain close well into adulthood.  My mother, for instance, has remained very close with her best friend from down the street for almost sixty years now.  I can’t imagine sharing a lifetime of memories with a friend that close.  I wish I could.  But my life’s path has taken me on a journey that involved quite a bit of change, a lot of moving around and huge amounts of personal growth … all affecting the company that I’ve kept.

It can be difficult to make new friends as an adult.  If you find you’ve grown apart from old friends, changed jobs and relocated, married, divorced, widowed, become a parent or just recognized that many of your friendships have gradually faded or become negative, there are no rules to follow for making new friends.  Much like dating, but without somewhat defined expectations from the beginning, we risk rejection and embarrassment which can be extremely hurtful.  In any case, I firmly believe it’s true that you have to BE A FRIEND TO HAVE A FRIEND.  Do you agree?

Here are some examples of famous best friends to inspire you. (Do you recognize them all?)

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4 Comments
  1. Completely agree with you… The fear of humiliation triggered by rejection is ever present though…!

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  2. My best friends outside of my wife are boyhood friends. There are four of us and we can still talk for hours. I have had other friends come in and out of my life, but with three kids and work, it has been hard. My wife has always been my best friend, so we tease each other that you cannot go before me.

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  3. thedogs'mother permalink

    I think it is one of the drawbacks of our mobile society. I moved at ages 9, 12, 15 and then was off to college. I tried to keep in contact with childhood friends but lost contact. Being here for 30+ years the situation is much better for me, DH and the kids.

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