With many people posting about #NationalBestFriendDay, I started reflecting on what makes for a lasting friendship and I keep coming back to EFFORT. Relationships take work. They do not nurture themselves. Just as a plant will blossom if you tend to it, so will a relationship. And if you neglect it, it will die.
Reach out to those you care about. Call each other, text a cute emoji for no reason. If they pop into your mind, tell them so.
Make time to be together. Don’t wait until you have time because you know that’ll never happen. You have to make time.
Make your people a priority. Remember that old saying that no one puts on their tombstone “I wish I would have worked more.” Don’t put something you dislike ahead of something you love. That produces regret.
No one puts on their tombstone “I wish I would have worked more.”
Go the extra mile. Don’t hesitate to inconvenience yourself occasionally to help someone. It’s difficult for them to ask you for help and it means so much to know someone cares. And you’ll benefit from knowing you helped.
Don’t isolate. Don’t pout. And don’t stand around waiting for an invitation. If you want to hang out or talk, just ask. Reciprocate. Don’t wait for them to do the work. You can plan and invite too. I promise, they too are lonely sometimes and will be glad you called.
If you each decide you want the relationship to last, it can. But you have to tend to it. It’s totally worth it.
Dedicated to my people. 😜 You know who you are.