I think of friendship as the bridge that connects me to other people. Like you, my friendships are as varied as the real bridges we cross – some are expansion bridges that span
Friends come in all shapes and sizes and together they form a family around us. We stay connected to them through the bridge of friendship.
long distances and expand and contract in degrees of contact over time.
Others are capable of withstanding very heavy loads. Still others are drawbridges that get pulled up, breaking the connection, sometimes for a short period of time while some obstacle to the friendship passes, and sometimes, the drawbridge is never lowered again and the friendship ends.
We’re coming up on Labor Day, a holiday to celebrate our workforce. It can be a bittersweet weekend for someone who is between jobs because as a society, we are consumed with professional success and failure.
Building a web around us provides emotional support, fellowship, and helpful ideas on new strategies as part of our job-search network.
The truth is, what makes us valuable contributors to our community is not what we do to earn a living but how we choose to be who we are.
You can trust yourself to handle any awkward situation and avoid uncomfortable moments at the Labor Day barbeque if you’re prepared with a few easy conversational guidelines that allow you to strengthen your personal network, but without turning the neighborhood gathering into your very own job search forum.
When someone dies, we want to reach out and comfort those who were closest to the deceased. We want to show we care about the bereaved in a personal way. Just as we use our words to comfort those who are grieving the death of a loved one, we can also use our actions to show we care.
When we want our actions to say we care, we are not limited to sending flowers or bringing food. Sometimes, all we need to do is show up.
When we give our most precious gift of all, a gift of ourselves, we make a personal statement about the importance of our relationship to the deceased or to the surviving family. Continue reading