Five Suggestions to Mend a Friendship

Five Suggestions to Mend a Friendship

Misunderstandings happen and disagreements occur even in the healthiest of relationships. In a world that seems to thrive on discord, it can be tempting to run from conflict in a friendship. But conflict can bring about growth if we don’t fear or avoid it. Lack of communication, pride, fear, misunderstanding, careless words, being quick to pick up an offense leads to cracks in a friendship. These cracks can potentially lead to broken friendships. Rev. Jessica Van Roekel and I share 5 ways to mend a friendship.

Strategies for Fostering Deep Connections to Reduce Loneliness and Isolation

Strategies for Fostering Deep Connections to Reduce Loneliness and Isolation

Moving across country one week before the world shut down due to the pandemic was a challenge for me and my family. The loneliness and isolation that accompanied our move was unprecedented. The pandemic alone was enough to usher in a new degree of loneliness for millions of people, but add on top of that a move, and I was struggling. The last few years have presented a challenge. So, I thought it might be helpful to discuss strategies for fostering deep connections to reduce loneliness and isolation.