I’ll start here. There have been seasons where I have royally messed up on friendship. Chances are, you are either nodding your head as someone who is in the same position or have unfortunately been on the other side of a friendship gone wrong. While I have been grateful for the increasing amount of relationship resources in culture, there still is so much to discover. If there’s one thing I have learned, it is that relationships require being a constant learner. They require learning from past experiences, constant self-reflection, and ultimately, intentionality.
Recently, I reconnected with a high school friend, Rob Guinta. We were at a retreat together and somehow we stumbled upon a topic he had recently taught on, “4 Ways to Fail at Friendship.” Knowing him and his depth of study, I knew that this was a topic for the show! Cultivating meaningful relationships definitely includes time around the table and atmosphere, but most importantly, it includes understanding the heart of the person on the other side.
Through this conversation, we will walk through:
- What relationships need in adulthood vs. what was needed during teenage friendships.
- The 4 ways to fail at friendships. Listen to the full episode to unlock these!
- What to do if you find yourself saying, “Wow, I’ve really failed at friendships!”
So many of us accept the misconception that friendships in adulthood can’t be vibrant. Instead, I’m here to say that not only can they be really rich, but they are critical to your health and life! My hope is that this conversation gives you a new lens on friendships, refines how you approach them, and leads to a deeper connection with those around you!