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A few times in my life I have had friendships hit a rough patch in the road and they became damaged. Over time and often with the help of other friends I have been blessed to get those relationships reconciled. That process has made the friendship stronger.
I need to stress that the fear of approaching reconciliation was far worse than actually doing it.
I often have been guilty of judging a person before meeting them as not likeable. I observed them with others and made a judgement they were not friendly. Whether thru the grace of God or good luck those premature rushes to judgement have been proven wrong.
Reconciliation is a wonderful gift. Failing to reconcile with someone comes with a steep cost. Over the past three years I have seen people who in the past were great friends but an event, words, or action caused a fracture. Eventually one of the two friends would die and the other was filled with guilt or remorse far more toxic than anger.
So how do you go about reconciling a broken or damaged friendship before it is too late?
Her five steps of reconciliation included:
- Make the first move
- Stress the Importance of the Relationship
- Give it Time
- Let it Go
Think about a relationship you need to reconcile. I am pretty sure your efforts to get reconnected will improve your life.