Have any of your friendships been bruised in 2017? It’s been a tumultuous year. It’s uncovered differences we either were unaware of or that we had buried.
What are some practical steps we can take to recover relationships?
Here are five favorite relationship lessons from stories in 2017 that I want to carry into 2018.
1. Embrace the Page You’re On
I didn’t hear the actual sound. The gun shot. But I knew what it meant.
Another story ended? Or not?
2. Just Say You’re Sorry
Julie said, “I’m sorry” to Anna. She wasn’t supposed to. But when she did, I saw Jesus in her. I want to see more of Jesus in me.
Maybe I need to say “I’m sorry” more often.
3. Don’t Take This Personally
He was rude to me. I was offended.
Do we make life too much about us? Everyone is the star in their own movie. What if we didn’t take it personally?
4. Unfollow a Friend to Keep a Friend
Should I say something? My friend linked an article on Facebook that is the opposite of what I believe. Do these dilemmas happen to you, too?
If we get angry on Facebook, should we speak up? Or get off? Or just unfollow?
5. Assume the Best
It was definitely a bark. A dog in the library? No, it was a woman.
We rarely know the whole story. How can we learn to give others the benefit of the doubt? Five ways to assume the best.
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What did you learn in 2017? What do you want to do better in 2018? Please share your comments here.
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