It's Not About Who's Turn It Is

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Not long ago I asked a friend if he’d talked to a mutual friend of ours. He responded by saying, “I called him a few months ago, and I never heard back. I’m not calling him again. It’s his turn.”

Turn? Since when do friends take turns? I call people and occasionally get disappointed when I don’t hear back. And I’m sure I’ve let some return calls fall through the cracks because of the insanity of keeping up with the world. But friends shouldn’t take turns. Life is too short to lose communication with someone because we won’t call them again because it’s not our “turn.”

We become more engaged (at work and home) when we successfully weave together five aspects of our lives – career, relationships, health, finances, and spirituality. Sometimes we allow work to consume so much time that we neglect true friendships – a significant aspect of the “balance” we seek in our lives.

Since part of our true happiness is tied to how much effort we put into the relationships in our lives, I challenge you to take a step today to enhance a relationship or renew a friendship by reaching out to someone — even if it’s not your “turn.” Send a card, make a phone call, send an e-mail or a quick text message. Just let them know you’re thinking of them. That’s what true friends do, regardless of whose “turn” it is.

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