How Many Friends Do You Have?

How many friends do you have? I think it’s a fair question that we should all ask ourselves periodically.  I don’t mean Facebook friends or Twiiter followers… I mean real, flesh-and-blood friends that you interact with on a fairly regular schedule?

Out searching for the droids

Kristina Alexanderson via Compfight

I am constantly reminded that the people I tweet/message/text.etc. are real and that I should actually talk to them more than I connect with them digitally.  But as I integrate more and more technology into my daily routine, I struggle with the fact that I have less and less physical or often emotional contact with the people I care about.

Is this something that you struggle with?

As I grow older, I have begun to realize how important my family and friends are to me.  After the recent accident (I fell 12 feet and landed on concrete) I feel much more passionately about the relationships I have in my life and value them even more.  I guess the fear that I might have died woke me up to some apathy I had towards my friends.

Is this a problem for you?  I would love to know how you balance your “real” relationships versus the “virtual” ones.  What do you do to connect with people on a deeper level?  I would love to know.  It seems cold, in light of this post, but please leave me comment or even email me!

If it’s all about relationships, in today’s mile-a-minute culture how do we have real, vibrant friendships?

I saw this video recently and it made a profound impact on me.  I’d love to know what you think about it.



Author: John C. Donahue

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4 Replies to “How Many Friends Do You Have?”

  1. From a young age health issues taught me to live life to it’s fullest extent, to
    enjoy each and every day God grants. My husband is my #1 friend and
    our relationship has lasted longer than you’ve been alive!

    I am going to a seminar this week and it may not be something all of my friends would be
    totally interested in, but I asked 5 people if they wanted to go with
    me and afterward stop for a cup of coffee and catch up of what’s been
    going on …maybe opportunity to get together just
    needs to be offered up – it may not be exactly what we had in mind,
    but the reward of visiting later makes it worth the effort & anytime is worth building on your relationships.

    1. It’s always hard to have to reach out…but the payoff is ALWAYS worth it! Proud of you! Miss you guys…when is the next Disney trip??

  2. I just found the website thanks to you tube videos on Epcot Food and Wine festival. I too have many friends on Facebook but virtually no friends I spend a lot of time with. I have repeatedly said to my husband we need friends we do things with. I don’t know if its because we’re both introverts or lazy or that the people I consider good friends are all in other states but it does make me sad.

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