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Befriend – More Curious Less Cautious

I’m not friendless and can proudly claim to have friends, quite a few of them actually, both across the country and the world. Yet I know I’m not someone who makes friends easily.

I am wary of people, an introvert by nature, I take time to warm up to people. Not that any of this is bad, but add the internet to this equation and it all multiplies.

Yesterday’s post brought comments and quite a few of them. My first reaction when I saw them was joy and happiness, shortly followed by a mild panic attack and fear of getting to know strangers.

My reaction took me by surprise and I sat back to reflect as I watched the dogs. Each of my dogs is different, where one is an extreme extrovert, another is the opposite and a total introvert.

But despite their natures they always seem to want to make friends. Bring a new person home and curiosity sets in as they try to get to know the person. Elu and Max tend to be the first to make friends, while the rest slowly follow.

Thinking about it, it seems making friends is the done thing. It doesn’t matter if it takes time. Taking time is fine, going slow at it is ok too, but befriending people is the end goal. And that must be achieved.

It is something I’ve seen the dogs do repeatedly, even with people who are scared of them, like my sister-in-law. They win them over, slowly and surely. 😀

The Art of Befriending, now that’s something I must learn and achieve. And the A to Z Challenge is going to help me with just that. :)

P.S. – My stomach seems to be doing much better now and fever’s gone down. :) Which is great but looks like a looong weekly menu ahead filled with bland food. :(

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  • Nice to meet you, Freya.

    Yes, I too, am an introvert. I find the internet an easier way to get to know people, for several reasons. Mostly because I have my own voice on the internet which is not trampled by the nearest introvert. Also because my interests tend to be a little off centre from mainstream, it is easier to find friends with common interests on the internet. I love the internet.

    Remember, the computer allows you to take time to think and respond the way you want and people can not judge you on looks or any of those things a face to face meeting reveals. And it is a good place to practise for those times face to face is the preference.

    Good luck and I hope the challenge helps.

    Best wishes,

  • Thanks for stopping by Liz and reminding me of the benefits of the internet. I’d kind of forgotten the comfort of not having to face someone in real time. 😀
    All the best to you too! :)