Okay, for those of you reading this: If you’ve had a friend for 5 years or more, raise your hand (virtually). I can see that’s a lot of you out there, in reader land.
Now, if you’ve had a friend for 10 years or more, raise your hands. Wow, that’s still a lot of you.
Now, those with friends of 15 years or more, raise your hands. Twenty years? Twenty five years? Thirty or more?
Amazing. So many of you out there who have friendships lasting through decades. That’s just wonderful. During those decades, say, since the 1960’s, how many recessions have you experienced? How many downturns have we had in The Economy? (There have been 8 official economic recessions since 1960). During times of economic hardships, who you gonna call – the Economy? No, you’re going to call your friends.
It’s your friends who will answer the phone. Your friends will respond to your letters. Your friends will accept your emails. Your friends will read your Tweets and Facebook postings and give you support and encouragement. It’s your friends who, quite often, have actually walked in your shoes; they know what it’s like to be unemployed or underemployed. They know how it feels to be passed over for promotions; they know the pain of hitting glass ceilings. It’s your friends who share the wisdom of their own experience. They have perspective. They can look at your situation objectively, and help you sort through priorities. They will listen to you and give you hope.
So if your friends can do all that for you, why do we spend so much time worrying about and fussing over The Economy – whatever that is. Someone, anyone, please point me in the direction of The Economy – I’d like to meet her/him/it and see if s/he will listen to me, share his/her experience and comfort me!No, The Economy is not your friend.That’s why it’s so important to keep relationships alive. It’s so important to invest your time in building and maintaining relationships – especially those relationships that go back many years. Relationships that have survived decades of adversity and unprecedented change deserve your time. Are you spending a lot of your time reading about and watching dire TV news reports about The Economy? Wouldn’t it be better if you invested and re-purposed all that time nurturing old relationships and creating new ones?
It’s your friends, not The Economy, who will be there for you. Turn off the TV. Pick up your cell phone. Call your friend.