ST. CROIX INSIGHTS

We’ve Lost the Art of Being Friends

BY BRETT ANDERSON/ST.CROIX ADVISORS, LLC

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Photo by Simon Maage

What’s happening in our world today? It feels like we’ve forgotten how to truly connect with the people around us.

You might not recall, but there was a time when we engaged in meaningful conversations with others, despite our diverse backgrounds and beliefs. We could even—believe it or not—disagree with strangers without taking offense and still walk away as friends.

Impossible? Not at all! Here’s how it works.

You can be friends with individuals whose views on sports, politics, or religion differ from yours. You can even be friends with people who believe the Vikings will win the Super Bowl.

The key is to embrace and acknowledge our differences, recognizing that what unites us is far more significant than what divides us.

(And for the record, I don’t believe the Vikings will ever win the Super Bowl, yet, I’m still friends with many die-hard Vikings fans.)

Many claim that football is life, but we all understand this as an exaggeration. Life is a rich tapestry woven out of many threads—yes, including football, but equally vital is having friends who converse, listen, and even respectfully disagree with us.

Like any skill, it takes practice to develop and maintain the art of being friends, but the payoff is well worth the effort you put in. For example, I’m a dog person and not a big fan of cats… yet I still married my bride many years ago, even though it meant welcoming a cat into my life.

Relationships are all about empathy, compromise, and understanding, and we will only recover the lost art of being friends by practicing these important traits in our daily lives.

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