I’m realizing this goal can never be “done.” Relationships require constant maintenance and nurturing in order to grow. I suspect that until it’s habit for me to pick up the phone and call without hesitating, without putting it off… when I reach out more often instead of having to remind myself, then I can mark this goal done. It won’t be done but I won’t have to put forth a conscious effort anymore, it’ll be just a part of how I live. 2 years ago
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But no sooner had I decided to concentrate on this goal than I heard from 2 old friends within a couple of days. Thanks, universe! I will take this and run with it. 2 years ago
I think I might be doing better on the reestablishing than on the strengthening or nurturing. I mean, I’m not even sure how to do such a thing… usually relationships are strengthened over time, and I can’t just make that happen. What I CAN do is nurture my friendships, which I’m sorry to say I’m not great at. I think I am going to ask for advice. 2 years ago
Paul has a first (bachelors) degree in art and masters degree in IT. He’s sort of a modern Leonardo. He called me at lunchtime today and we are arranging a meal with some of the old gang on friday. He is even picking me up from the house as I don’t have a car. I am apprehensive about this meal as I ignored the phone messages of the old gang for the past year, ever since I left my first company. I got embarrassed and de-motivated about finding a job and subsequently am temping on and off. More off than on. They still want to see if I am coming though – so I said yes! 4 years ago
Master Paul called me today on my mobile phone but I missed him. Who is he you might ask and why is he significant? Well he truly is a master – of being himself. He is an all round nice guy. If I won a 100 millions dollars he would get 10% because he doesn’e want or expect anything in return for his help, support, advice and gentle cajoling to do what I ought to do. Because he knows so many people and spreads himself very thinly, I don’t get to see or even get in contact with him that much these days.
However as he has tried to contact me, it must be important. I try to get hold of him this evening. 4 years ago
i talked to my friends finally after wat seemed like an eternity.i guess it’s harder than you think.i waited patiently but nothing cud be done unless i try and do something about my friendships in the past. but now that i think of it..i need friends..it feels good that im talking to them more. 6 years ago
I would like to strengthen my relationship with one of my friends in the trombone section, Abby. I don’t think it’ll be too hard. Some trombone hangouts should do the trick and band camp too. 7 years ago
...contacted a German friend of mine in over 16 months. It’s her birthday today. It’s the evening over there right now, so I thought I’d just flick her a quick email to wish her well.
I’ve been quite a slack friend of hers, and I’d really love to attempt to reestablish that relationship. Hope she gets back to me. 7 years ago
I don’t understand people. When I try to figure out people I just mess up more. When I try to be nice everyone else is mean. When I try to be mean everyone else is STILL mean but they’re also hurt and make me feel bad all over again.
I mess up around guys, I mess up around girls, my cat doesn’t even like me.
So, since my existing friendships consist of me watching a movie while my friends sit next to their girlfriends and boyfriends and then stand around awkwardly while they all bullshit, I’m just giving up.
That’s it. 7 years ago
I intend to go one step further than just strengthening, re-establishing, and nurturing my existing friendships, and I’m going to do my damned best to re-establish the friendships that have, in the past, just fizzled out, as friends have moved or left school, etc. I never used my initiative when it came to staying in touch with old friends, and I’m certainly not going to let that happen again when I leave school for uni at the end of this year. It’s time to look up a few old phone numbers in a dusty book or two, and say “hello stranger” to some good old friends. 7 years ago
I sent out a note to all of my lost friends in my address book and viola – MANY WROTE BACK!! – I took the change to catch up and decided to write at least someone each week. I’ve also set my sights on searching for those I’ve lost (for now). This was well worth the effort! 7 years ago
I’ve searched through all of my address books (electronic and otherwise) and emailed my long lost friends to catch up and find out what they are doing. YAY!! Next, I’ll seach out the ones whose emails no longer exist. Just gotta take one step forward each day. 7 years ago