Fair Weather, Frigid Friends

Cartoon of a boy and snowman. The boy says, "I am realizing you're the kind of friend that is here today, and gone tomorrow."Friendship is a complicated thing, especially when your friend is only around for a season. It can be hard when snowbird of a friend flies to Florida or Arizona. I have found myself in a role-reversal since my kids live in those states.

But distance shouldn’t separate friends like it once did, right? Technology and air travel makes it possible to bridge the gap that once seemed like a bottomless chasm. We can still have close friends that have moved far away. It’s also a good thing for our friends who enjoy the sub-zero temperatures like Mister Snowman.

Whether your friend is warm and bubbly, or cold and frigid, perhaps today is a good day to reach out and give them a call or text today.

Real or Virtual Friends?

Cartoon of two women at a fast food restaurant. One says, “Level with me, Doris. Are you my real or virtual friend.”In this cartoon, two women are at a fast food restaurant, One says, “Level with me, Doris. Are you my real or virtual friend.”

I know. Social media is giving me a headache too. I use it for business, yet sometimes, all the tweets and posts get me down too. We know all of us, including me, share only the highlight reel. We aren’t going to talk about the mundane, the mild frustrations and the lost car keys.

I am glad I can keep in touch with family and friends through social media. But at the end of the day, it is the real, face to face encounters that strengthen real friendships. 

 

Why inviting a friend is so powerful

cartoon of two boys and a Sunday school teacher. One boy says, "I brought a friend today. Just call me 'The Great Commissioner.'"
©2013 Kidzmatter Magazine and Kevin Spear

This cartoon was for a magazine series on encouraging kids to bring their friends to church.

I’ve been thinking of this cartoon as I have been going to job and career seminars. One thing I’ve heard repeatedly is that job postings on Internet sites are not nearly as effective as finding work through a friend. When a company posts a job, they are likely bombarded with hundreds of résumés. It’s no wonder companies have resorted to software and keyword searches to sift out the candidates.

We have been brought up to fear strangers. That has made friendships that much more powerful. When you’re inundated strangers giving you information, who wouldn’t want to rely on a friend for a solution?

Friendships are more powerful than ever. Have lunch or coffee with one today!

I drew this cartoon for Kidzmatter Magazine.

Double Trouble

Cartoon of a mom and two boysCartoon of a mom and two kids. The mom says, “I don’t know what you two have been up to, but you look like double trouble.”

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