Friendship – it’s such a simple concept, however, in today’s crazy, over-scheduled life, it can be very elusive. Social Media has created a sense of connectedness that although is convenient, leaves us feeling incomplete in our relationships. People don’t make getting together as often a priority. Perhaps because we already feel connected – because we saw their post on Facebook. And let’s face it, fighting traffic to meet for coffee or a quick meal can just be too daunting after a full day of working and taking kids to and from activities. Can’t we just say hi with a text? I’m guilty of this myself. But I’m finding that I really miss the time spent with friends over a cup of coffee, talking about our families, adventures, and just sharing our hearts with each other. Feeling the connection and the sense that you’re not alone in this crazy world brings a sense of peace and contentment, of reassurance and acceptance that I think so many of us crave. So how do we regain this much needed time with friends? Here are a few examples of what I have done:
- Joined a small group
- Invested in my own business – one that comes with a community of like-minded women
- Volunteered at a homeless shelter
- Became a substitute teacher
All of the above activities have introduced me to some amazing women. I think the key is to figure out what you’re passionate about and then find a way to plug into a group of others who share that same passion. I think it’s also important though to have some diversity in your circles. For example, my small group had women from all different backgrounds and careers. We shared the same spiritual needs, but I was surrounded by women I wouldn’t normally run into in my teaching career. We learned so much from one another! My volunteering and substitute teaching put me with others who shared my servant’s heart., yet in different ways, such as serving the homeless and teaching students with special needs. My business venture gives me a community of women who not only grow me as an entrepreneur – a totally new skill-set for me – but also share so many of my dreams and passions of serving others. Each group of women fulfills me in different ways, and I can’t imagine going through life without them now.
So here’s my challenge to you… make a list of what you love, what excites you. Then go out and find groups that not only match your interests but work with your schedule. Keep us posted on how you’re doing. After all, we’re women and we love to share.