I want to become the kind of friend that I am seeking for myself.Dr. Michael Brown
- Even though people are what matter most, our tendency is to spend our lives focusing on profession, prosperity, position, and performance.
- We often invest more energy in gaining friends than in becoming friends.
- It is all too common to have many contacts and connections but very few close friends.
- We are as close to other human beings as we choose to be.
- The four essential ingredients of close friendships are time, transparency, talking, and togetherness.
- The four stages of friendship are acceptance, affirmation, accountability, and authority.
- Make a list of the characteristics you most desire in a friend, then evaluate yourself honestly: “How am I doing in each of these areas?”
- When friendships don’t feel as close as you want them to be, identify which essential ingredient is lacking.
- Determine which stage best characterizes each of your friendships, and take steps to take each friendship to the next level.
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.
The Selfish Advantage
Is it possible that our self-centered tendencies may actually serve a greater purpose? This week, Dr. Michael Brown and author of A Book About Friendship, Sammy Adebiyi, introduce a powerful paradox that could transform our relationships.
Chaos And Friendship
Life is hard, but it becomes a lot easier when we struggle alongside others. This week, Dr. Michael Brown and author of A Book About Friendship, Sammy Adebiyi, encourage us to pursue our deepest desire for human connection even (and especially) when times are tough.