The Importance of Friends

In this stressful time of Covid19, it may seem  strange to be thinking about improving relationships, but this is, in fact the perfect time since we have a little more time to think and consider what we want and need from relationships, as well as what we can give to others.  Now is certainly a time to be reaching out to others, and offering your friendship and support.

An aspect of friendship we rarely consider is the impact that our friends and acquaintances have on us.  The impact how you feel when you are around a negative person?  When your friends only want to talk about their health, how do you physically feel?  Maybe it is time to express to our friends and family, what you want in a relationship.  You need not be confrontational, but you can be direct: “I feel depressed when it feels to me that so much of our conversations are negative”.

Warren Buffet, when talking to some students a few years ago said:

“You will move in the direction of the people you associate with.  SO IT IS IMPORTANT to associate with people that are better than yourself.  The friends you have will form as you go through life.  Make some good friends, keep them the rest of your life, but have them be people that you ADMIRE as well as LIKE.”

Reading his words reminded me about one of the most important benefits that camp offers children: The opportunity to associate with people who were also willing to leave home for part of the summer, travel, meet new people, and make friend that will support, help, and inspire them.  What a unique opportunity camp gives children to expand their horizons, be exposed to new opportunities, all the while being in a supportive community.  Friends made at Kingsley Pines Camp last a lifetime!

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