Valuing Family and Friends
Today the balance sheeting exercise of assessing various aspects of life looks at family and friends. Quite possibly the title says it all and the main questions are: To what extent do I currently value them? And, how could I do more? How would you evaluate your satisfaction regarding this aspect of your life? A difficult question I know. The purpose of this review is to ponder such points, even if the answers are not so clear-cut.
Having loved ones close, even if they are not all geographically near, and being connected in whatever way to friends is very important for me. I consider myself to be fortunate in having not only my English family, but also the Italian family of my partner in my life.
Friends, not numbers
I prefer having a few good friends rather than the company of large numbers of acquaintances, as my presence on Twitter attests. That said, people are important to me and, I believe, if we want this world to be a better place than it currently is then being friendly is a crucial beginning.
Elements of friendship
Laughter, tears, reflection and the space to be silent would be near the top of my list. Honesty, trust and loyalty would be at the very top. I would like to think I offer friends these things, I know my friends give them to me.
Making an assessment
A few weeks ago I spent an afternoon with my partner and two dear friends in theory looking for office furniture. In practice we just enjoyed the few hours away from the desks in harmony with each other. Making time for more such moments would impact positively on me over the coming quarter leading up to the end of the year. I am currently with my UK family and it is strange to be at the family home without my dad being around. Life not only gives to us, but also takes from us.
8 out of 10. Thinking about this issue as I have been writing this posting, I realize I could be even more present for family and friends. Over the coming months I intend to do this.
Until the next posting, thanks for being here with me today. If you wish to share your input on this subject please get in touch.