To Make Friends, Put Others First

“You can make more friends in two months by becoming interested in other people than you can in two years by trying to get people interested in you.”  Dale Carnegie

“Don’t be selfish; don’t try to impress others. Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourselves. Don’t look out only for your own interests, but take an interest in others, too.” Philippians 2:3-4

I’m back home and I don’t have many friends around here that I’m close to.  It’s going to take work to build up and become a part of a new community.  I’m trying to find events to attend and places to go to meet new people and make some friends.  It’s good to be reminded to think of others more than myself.  That’s a way to help fight against debilitating shyness and self-consciousness.  It’s easy to get caught up wondering how I look to others so they will like me, but that keeps me from interacting and engaging, which is the basis of a friendship.  My mom always told me “To make friends, show yourself friendly.”  It took a long while of learning the hard way to understand what she meant.  I’ve done a lot of introspection lately.  Now it’s time to reach out to people.  Hopefully someone will reach out to me in return.

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