The theme for this set of challenges is making time for your friends.There are so many things that pull our attention, one of those being social media. It feels like you’re spending time with your friends as you stalk through the photos they’ve posted recently (or a year ago). You know what they did yesterday and who they had dinner with last week, but knowing about somebody still leaves you short of having an acutal connection.
Because time is one of the most valuable commodities for most people, sharing it with others is the easiest way to show them that they are important to you. They are so important that you are willing to give this precious limited thing to them rather than spend it on all your other available options. If you want to give your time to your friends, here a few suggestions for you can do that:
Challenge 22: Bring coffee and bagels to a friend’s house
When I moved to Pennsylvania, I went from spending every day with my best friend to seeing her a couple days every four weeks, only because I was lucky enough to fly home once a month. We had to adjust to that change by making new traditions to make the most of our time together. One of those was our bagel mornings. I always flew home on the 5 a.m. flight. If it was on time, I was in Texas mid-morning, and my first stop was Einstein Bagel. I would get a variety pack to go and take it to Sherri’s house. I like to think that the special treat was me coming to see her, but she’d just had a baby, so she wasn’t leaving the house a lot. It’s possible that she spent the month looking forward to those delicious bagels delivered fresh to her door. Either way, we got to enjoy those carbs and calories together.
Challenge 23: Get a pedicure together
This activity combines two of my favorite things: friends and getting pampered. You get to sit in massage chairs while people rub your feet and you drink champagne. If I were independently wealthy and didn’t have to work, this is how I would start every morning. Well, after my breakfast massage of course. It’ll take an hour of your time and you walk away with pretty toes. Win-win.
Challenge 24: Celebrate a friend’s success
I’m going to be totally honest for a minute. There have been times where I’ve found it hard to be happy for someone else because they got something that I wanted. Or they got something I didn’t even know I wanted, but once they had it I wanted it. When jealousy introduces itself in the mix, it can be hard to overcome that to get to a place where you instead feel happiness for another person. But I think it is a requirement of friendship to celebrate each other’s successes. Resist the urge to think petty thoughts or become competitive. Instead, reach out and say congratulations! Way to go! Be genuine though, because the color green is easy to spot.
Celebrate your friend by having a glass of chamapagne after work on a Wednesday. It’s out of the ordinary, unexpected, and supportive. And then when it’s your turn, your friend will remember how great you were and support you right back. You don’t lose anything by giving to others. Isn’t it weird how that works?
How do you make time for friends in your life?
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