FAMILY AND FRIENDS
What is fellowship with our family and friends? The fellowship of family and friends is the enduring way that human society creates shared connection and purpose. The network of people with whom we are in close relationship helps us to belong, to fulfil our potential, and to do what is good and right. Answering the question “whose am I?” is the most immediate and powerful reason for us to become the best version of ourselves on The Pathway to Excellence.
“I define connection as the energy that exists between people when they feel seen, heard, and valued; when they can give and receive without judgment; and when they derive sustenance and strength from the relationship.”
THE CHALLENGE OF JUDGMENT
- Building healthy family connections that last – how you come to know, appreciate and show lifelong gratitude for the positive and practical gifts that relationships with family can and do bring to them and to you
- Adopting an approach to establishing and maintaining constructive friendship groups – how you go about identifying and caring for friends and acquaintances of good character who bring to your relationships the values, beliefs, and structure that create an environment of trust and reciprocity in which all might grow to fulfil their potential and to do what is good and right in their lives
- Working out a manageable range of social activities and clubs that will enhance your sense of connectedness and increase your important and useful relationships – how you select which groups of people you will join that will align with and support your lifestyle and your sense of belonging, the fulfilment of your potential, and your propensity to do that which is good and right
- Locating your personal recreational interests within a practical number of sports, the arts and other hobbies – how you develop your recreational interests with other people in your life within the context of the time that is available to you and what you enjoy