Maintaining friendship is crucial and best friends take time.
Friendships can not be neglected. One-on-one contactis a prerequisite of friendships. Good friends are wellmaintained. Friendship requires talk and contact.
Maintaining friendship is Crucial; Best Friends Take Time. Friends and Friendship
Friends must be flexible. Conflict must be resolved forfriendships to continue. Friendships require maintenance.
Best friends require one-on-one contact to survive. Telephone calls and getting together are musts for best friends to continue.
In fact, probably the quickest way to end a friendship is to neglect it and sever contact.
Yet it is hard to make time in a busy day and busy life to maintain our friends. But you don’t have to have hours to spare to maintain a friendship.
Instead try the following to keep from neglecting your friends:
Send frequent email. Email is a boon for a quick note.
Call once a week. Telephone calls do not take long.
Keep in touch through brief messages left on answering machines.
Send an occasional card. Funny and/or appropriate cards take minutes to choose and address.
Exercise together. We all have to exercise. It is more fun with a friend, plus, there is no better place for talking than a walk in the park.
Clean house together. This is another must do and two makes cleaning fun instead of boring.
Send pictures. A picture is still worth a thousand words.
Go to lunch at least once a month. More often would be better.
Follow the advice of Victoria Rayner, author of The Survival Guide for Today’s Career Woman:
Be a good listener; refrain from offering advice or moralizing.
Respect your friend’s point of view. Different personalities can complement each other; it isn’t always necessary to see eye to eye.
Never betray a trust. Trust, when violated, can ruin even the best friendship.
Support and praise your friends; ignore their failures and imperfections.
Never resent a friend’s success. Instead, strive to admire her achievements.
Flexibility is always important for maintaining friendships. Be understanding when your friend has a last minute change in plans. Learn to accept "I’m sorry to cancel, but we will have another time together Sunday."
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