You may have hundreds of friends on Facebook but still feel very alone. Or perhaps it’s your birthday, and the only card you received in the mail was from your dentist (and we all know this is really a cleaning reminder in disguise). You can even have a couple of BFF’s but feel like you can’t really confide in anyone about what you’re going through.
And even if this doesn’t describe you, there is probably someone you know who is exactly in this place in life. I suppose the easier thing to do is to turn the other way and pretend you don’t notice or tell yourself there’s enough on your shoulders without having to bear another’s burdens.
But reaching out is not as hard as we think it is. And in the end, we may find that we have been blessed more as the giver than we’ve ever been as the receiver. What can you do to show someone you care?
Remember their birthday
Like I said, a cheesy birthday postcard from my dentist doesn’t exactly produce sentimental feelings. But receiving an unexpected birthday greeting from a friend certainly makes my day. I don’t make a big hoopla about my birthday, but when someone remembers, well, it’s just plain sweet.
You don’t have to wait for someone’s birthday to mail something. Send an encouraging note to someone just because. Though there are so many faster ways to receive a message, there is still nothing more personal than holding a handwritten letter in your hand.
Another lost art, besides mailing letters, is calling someone. Why call when you can find out what someone is up to on Facebook? Why have that live conversation when you can just text? I personally find it easier to text someone for non-urgent things because a phone call would require me to hide out in the bathroom from my kids. However, there are some matters where a personal phone call would be more fitting.
If someone shares something with you, remember it and ask them about it the next time you see them. Believe me, this can take effort, especially if you’re sometimes a scatter-brained mom, like me. But this is when a conversation switches from small talk to a meaningful exchange.
Have them over. This, too, can also take effort if you have a house that looks like it was shaken around in an earthquake but, in reality, is just occupied by a bunch of rambunctious kids. But an invitation into your home, even a less-than-perfect home, can help break down the walls that someone may have put up.
Do you have more to add? What are other ways to be a friend to someone?
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