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Jesus The Prefixed Life

Jesus The Prefixed Life

0Click here to check out a Meetup group near you.When my last relationship failed, I decided to give up dating.  I wanted to be alone, not by choice but by circumstance.  I decided then after that failed relationship that I have to learn to be independent, while being alone, yet still being able to enjoy and do the things I want to do.I gave up on dating sites and I honestly cannot recall how I stumbled upon meetup.  It was one of the best gift that happened to me.  I became a member of the meetup group but most activities happened quite a drive from where I live.  I attended a couple of meetups and then decided I wanted to be in control, to be able to go out as and when I want to and not have to drive miles and miles away to enjoy an evening.  I started my own meetup group with the objective of hanging out with like minded people that live in the same area.Today, my meetup is almost one year old.  I am not looking at being an organizer of a huge meetup group.   I believe in quality rather than quantity and I am very happy to say that we have formed a very close knitted group in our local community and it is such a blessing especially for women (or men for that matter) who thought they would be suffering, feeling sorry for themselves from a broken relationship, withdrawn and hurt.  While it hurts from broken relationship, the hurt is not going to be forever as long as you do not allow it to control you.  Life is more valuable than to sit and drown in sorrow, feeling sorry for yourself.Get out, feel and sunshine on your skin (or play with the snow) whatever is the season.Life is a breeze, enjoy it while it last.Meetup is the world’s largest network of local groups. Meetup makes it easy for anyone to organize a local group or find one of the thousands already meeting up face-to-face. More than 9,000 groups get together in local communities each day, each one with the goal of improving themselves or their communities.Meetup’s mission is to revitalize local community and help people around the world self-organize. Meetup believes that people can change their personal world, or the whole world, by organizing themselves into groups that are powerful enough to make a difference.For more about meetup check it out here http://www.meetup.com/about/ Image credit Precious Moments0As a little child, have you ever felt so happy and proud you made a new friend?  A new neighbour perhaps that you both spent a little time kicking a ball together?As a young child, often every new person you play with is considered a new friend.Is there a difference between a friend or an acquaintance?As a child, the neighbour whom you had just befriended and enjoyed kicking a ball may just be short lived.  You may have nothing else in common and play dates eventually became non existence.The same principle applies to adult friendships.  At times, we get so excited at the prospect of having a new social outlet, that we mistook casual acquaintances for friends.The neighbour you chatted with going to check on your letterbox or washing your car are nothing more than just mere acquaintances as you probably have nothing to do with each other other than  ‘good day’ or ‘nice day mate’.   Your colleagues at work are people you see everyday and how many of them do you consider as your friends?True friendship is born out of time, spending time together, sharing good times and bad times.  It is strengthened by a feeling of connection between two individuals with care and understanding for each other.  Personally I find that friendship from young, school mates and friends are often strong and lasting.  Most children do not often judge and as they go to school to learn, they learned to adapt and accept.Imagine a friendship between two primary school kids and another friendship between two working colleagues. In both cases, the kids and workmates probably have fun together but the working adults are able to reflect on their relationship in a much more complex way than the little ones can.The little ones accept each other and grew up together ending up being life long friends.  Those working adults may yse and decided they have nothing in common with each other outside after office drinks.  Just because you interact with a person everyday does not necessarily make that person a friend.For instance, you may have school  friends that you have not met up for years other than getting all their news on Facebook. You know almost everything about each other’s lives and in many ways, you are there for each other no matter where you or they are.  One need not live next door to another for a strong bond to be established and nurtured.The rule of thumb dictates that a close friend is not necessarily someone who is always close by, but someone who constantly remains close to one’s heart, someone you would turn to in times of need.People often think that best friends have to enjoy almost all of the same activities.  While this is a bonus, we cannot expect our best buddies to take a keen interest in everything that we do. A real friend cares more about how you’re doing, than what you’re doing.With the ‘Meet-up’ social group available throughout the world, an acquaintance may be physically available on any occasions.  At the same time with Skype and other video calling service, a real friend can offer genuine support no matter how far away or how close you reside with each other.In today’s society, aren’t we so blessed? When we wish to do things locally, we join a ‘Meet-up Group’ and when we miss a friend who is close in our heart, we log into Skype (for example).Choose who you wish to spend your time with, your friends or your acquaintances.And here’s today’s food for thought.If someone you’ve recently befriended continuously asks for “favors”, or frequently “forgets” to return borrowed items time and time again, is this person an acqaintaince or a friend?Your call ! I stumbled upon this related article worth reading Check out this easy read on Stranger, Acquaintance or Friends from http://littlegirlstory.wordpress.com/2013/09/11/stranger-acquaintance-or-friend/







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