Friendliness is being a friend, through good times and bad. You take an interest in other people and make them feel welcome. You share your belongings, your time and yourself. Friendliness is the best cure for loneliness.
I read this FB article the other day on raising our girls to be includers. I thought it was profound and worth the time to take a look. I have a daughter who is a sophomore in high school and to be quite honest, I cant imagine or even fathom the idea of having to experience high school in the world of social media. It’s horrible, the girls are cruel and demeaning. There is a sexual free for all, the senior boys have an ongoing sex challenge to see how many underclassmen they can take to bed, their phones and snapchat pics are filled with nudity and from their perspective it’s really no big deal. They are smoking and doing drugs off campus and the counselors just say that is the way it is… Don’t get me wrong, Im not sitting here with my head in the sand, I know that we were not angels and that we had our fair share of drama- Im just saying that the intensity of it all is over amplified.
I guess I should get back to the point! Its about Friendliness and taking an interest in other people- I think that if we individually and collectively took the time to be includers, to really make an effort to be outward focused and if we took the time to interact instead of judging, if we were vulnerable enough to take the masks off… then like this article suggests we really could and would make a difference in the world.