Try, try again. As hard as it is to face rejection, sometimes the person you are hoping to befriend really did have plans the night you asked her to join you for dinner. Ask again. In the end, the relationship you might create will be worth much more than the embarrassment of a repeat rejection.
You may have noticed that making new friends is often scary – you expose yourself to rejection when you try to befriend others. On the flip side, the rewards are plentiful: a longer, happier, and less stressful life. In the long run, I think it’s safe to say that it’s worth it. Therefore, consider making your extremely busy life just a little bit busier and making a little bit more time for friends.Rifka Schonfeld
About the Author: An acclaimed educator and social skills specialist, Mrs. Rifka Schonfeld has served the Jewish community for close to thirty years. She founded and directs the widely acclaimed educational program, SOS, servicing all grade levels in secular as well as Hebrew studies. A kriah and reading specialist, she has given dynamic workshops and has set up reading labs in many schools. In addition, she offers evaluations G.E.D. preparation, social skills training and shidduch coaching, focusing on building self-esteem and self-awareness. She can be reached at 718-382-5437 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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