There is a lot of fear out there of our neighbors. It’s a low-level fear for most neighborhoods. In other neighborhoods, there may be legitimate fear because of crime rates and past experiences. At the same time, there appears to be a lot of loneliness. What would happen if we began reaching out again? Maybe we would find we have much more in common than we thought.
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!