Elements of Building Strong Friendships

Elements of Building Strong FriendshipsWhat are some of the elements of building a solid friendship?

Strong friendships withstand the test of time and are authentic. One must take down their mask that hides their true self from others. A relationship that is real includes both a person’s strengths and weaknesses. It’s essential to be open, vulnerable, honest, and sincere with others. And share struggles with a friend. When individuals share their struggles with grace-filled friends, they find that they accepted regardless of their faults, and they experience the joy of acceptance.

Friendships do not happen automatically—they must be cultivated. It’s easy to lose friends by neglecting to stay in touch with them. Spending time together is required; as often as possible, keep in touch with each other. Make the phone call or text to initiate getting together with each other. After all, friends are committed and devoted to one another.While it is a natural tendency to withdraw from others, it can often become unhealthy. Taking a break from people is fine occasionally, but isolation is deadly. Remember, solitary confinement is one of the worst punishments devised by mankind. (more…)

10 Questions to Ask When You’re Feeling Stuck

10 Questions to Ask When You’re Feeling Stuck

  1. When did I first realize I was stuck?
    Understanding the timeline will help you determine how long this has been happening. Look for events that may have started this-could be loss, and also a time when a goal was accomplished, sickness, etc.
  2. Where have you noticed the negative aspects of being stuck in your life?
    Relationships, career, physical health can all exhibit the stuck place. You may experience inertia-not moving anywhere but you are in motion doing the same thing over and over. (more…)