Last week, I explored the wonders and challenges of friendship with participants in the first Write into Joy online workshop.

 

Friendship is such a rich topic. Whether it’s how you met your friends, the moments that stick with you, how you lost a friend, or the stories you love to tell together, there’s a lot to write about.

 

And friendships are unique relationships because we choose to enter into them and they lack a formal structure. The moments we love and the ones we struggle with have a lot to tell us about our relationships and our own lives.

 

Today, I invite you to write about friendship. Chose a prompt. Begin your writing by grounding yourself in concrete details.

 

Where are you? Who are you with? What are you wearing?

Focus on your senses: I see …, I hear …, I smell …, I feel …, I taste….

Are there things you don’t remember? Write “I don’t remember …” That can be as revealing as what you do.

 

1. Write a story that shows me what you value in friendship

2. Tell me about an important friend in your life. Tell a story of one particular fun or meaningful adventure with that friend. Show me why your friend is important to you and why the time was fun or meaningful.

 

3. As we age, our friend groups can change. Tell me one story that shows me how you go about making new friends and what strategies have worked well for you.

 

4. What stories do you tell again and again when you get together with friends? Make a list. Then tell one story in detail. Tell me the sights and sounds and smells. Tell me what it felt like to be there.

Interested in learning more about the power of your stories to create a life of resilience, connection, and meaning, especially with friends? Click here to check out my upcoming Write Into Joy workshops to learn how to build resilience and joy through journaling & reflecting. 

 

Happy Writing,

Melanie