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New Friends…New Perspective

I personally believe true friends are precious, and it’s especially challenging to find new friends in the age of social media. I love my lifelong friends, but I’m always open to meeting and making new friends.

Our retreats encourage sharing and connecting. If you’d like to expand your circle of friends, join us for a retreat. Allow yourself to be open, and you may find a new best friend.

A lifelong friend REALLY knows you. They understand your personality and all its nuances. They’ve been there through your ups and downs, supporting you in the valleys and celebrating you at the peaks. Old friends know details of your history as it relates to career, relationships and everything in between. While having a lifelong friend can be exactly the support you need, new friendships offer many benefits.

Sometimes when calling my lifelong friend to get her honest opinion, I hesitate, knowing I’ve been discussing this exact thing with her for years, time and time again. I assume I know exactly what her response will be. I wonder if she will judge me…thinking I should have figured out the issue years ago! Or now I’ve changed my mind and did exactly what I said I would never do!

The refreshing “newness” of new friendships may be exactly what we need. There’s no judgement based on past mistakes. It’s a fresh perspective to an old problem. New friends don’t know about ALL your baggage and history. They know the current you and, possibly, the “new and improved you.”

New friends can expand our horizons and introduce us to a new way of thinking that may enrich our life in ways we never imagined. They offer new experiences, new hobbies and may even lead to more friends.

At our retreats, we often witness new connections leading to true friendships. There is something so beautiful about connecting with a stranger, whom we may have assumed we had nothing in common with, only to discover shared interests, joys and even shared pain…and now a friendship.

Old friends are our constants, supporting us through good times and bad, sharing joys and sorrows and knowing our strengths and weaknesses. New friends bring freshness. And sometimes a new friend is just what we need as we change and grow.