When I say "family dinners," more often than not, there are people who are not my blood relatives that are there.Dr. Tyler Schwanz
- We can’t expand our influence if we fail to expand our circle of friends.
- Sometimes family dinners, activities, and vacations are so exclusive that we miss out on opportunities to bring together our closest friends.
- Insecurity breeds exclusivity, and a cloistered community is often not as close as we would like to believe.
- Every one of our best friends was once a stranger.
- We feel most fully alive when we are meaningfully connected to the people around us.
- The bigger our table, the more nuanced our perspectives.
- Adding another chair deepens our connections with those who are present.
- We are not wired to have a few close relationships but rather a community of friends.
- Take steps to ensure that your guest room, kitchen pantry, and dining room table are always prepared to accommodate an unexpected guest.
- Consider, “Who is one acquaintance or coworker I could invite into my circle of friends?”
- Ask each of your closest friends, “Do you have any best friends who I haven’t met?”
Show Up Uninvited
Friendship requires intentionality, and sometimes intentionality can feel awkward. This week, Dr. Michael Brown and his daughter Lauren Thompson suggest a countercultural method to developing community and deepening connection.
Initiate With Strangers
All of the closest friends in our lives were once strangers. This week, Dr. Michael Brown chats with Casey Greenawalt about how we can take those first steps to developing new and exciting relationships with strangers.
People Aren't Interruptions
It is tempting to believe the lie that busyness is best and our to-do list is paramount. This week, Dr. Michael Brown and automotive executive Dan Costello remind us what matters most and inspire us to turn our attention to others.