How to Make Friends (A Frugal Priority)In light of having depression and loneliness on my mind, I would like to propose godly friends as a frugal alternative to many things: therapy, herbal supplements, vacations, and divorce, to name a few.
Over the past few years, though, I have been pondering how we make friends. We are often told, "if you want to have friends, you have to be one", and certainly that is true, but I have also made the following observations:
- As you spend time with a person, you become more comfortable with them. Especially powerful is the potential of frequent, regular communication.
During three separate summers when my kids were little, I baby-sat (no charge) for friends who were single mothers. Every morning they would drop off, every afternoon they would pick up. Sometimes they'd stay and visit, other times it was very brief. Effortlessly, our relationship grew.
- Sometimes God will move you to make a commitment to a certain person, a commitment to be their friend.
Some of my favorite friends are this kind. They do take time and effort, and sometimes the relationship seems to grow slowly.
- Last, not least, are the instant friends. Those people you just connect with.
Hey Frugal People, and other readers, would you please leave a comment if you think I should continue this blog? You see, my workshop that I have been preparing will be over tomorrow. But I think I still have more words.