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Can We Be Friends? | Daily Prompt

Posted by on Sep 23, 2014

Can We Be Friends? | Daily Prompt

Litmus, Litmus on the Wall


Daily Prompt:  If you had to come up with one question, the answer to which would determine whether or not you could be friends with a person you’ve just met, what would it be?  What would the right answer be?


“Can we be friends?”

I can’t think of any other single question more direct and all-encompassing than that.

Many people would find this a little too forward, or risky, or uncomfortable of a question to be asking someone you just met.  Asking such a question can mean, for many people, making oneself vulnerable to humiliation and rejection, and not a lot of people handle those well.  Some might be a little more concerned that asking this kind of question might cause the other person to think that he’s being put on the spot.

I’d say when it comes to the subject of making new friends, turn to the experts – CHILDREN.

Have you tried observing little children at play (in a non-creepy way, of course!)?  Have you noticed how almost instantaneously they make new friends?  It often just starts out with a couple of li’l buddies engrossed in their own game, and eventually other kids would come hopping along from out of nowhere, asking to join in on the fun.  That’s how quick and easy they make new friends!  What’s even more fascinating is that there’s not a lot of introduction necessary among kids.  They don’t ask a lot of questions.  Children don’t care about color, gender, weight, academic achievements  or annual income.  They are, by nature, unprejudiced (unless brainwashed by parents with some serious issues).  Everyone is a potential friend in a child’s eyes.

Why don’t you try making friends with a child using this introduction:

“Hi, my name is _____.  I weigh 105 lbs. in the morning before breakfast.  I possess an Intelligence Quotient of 110, and currently making enough money to buy myself 50 grande cups of blended Starbucks Salted Caramel Frappuccino everyday, seven days a week.  What about you?”

This is more likely the response you’re gonna get:

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So really, to determine whether or not I could be friends with a person I’ve just met, all it takes is just that one question, and it’s actually more a “I’d like to be your friend if you’d have me” than it is a “let me see if you deserve my friendship” kinda question.  I think a new friendship is more likely to last long and be a lot more fun and interesting if you’re approaching it even with just one grande cup of blended honesty and fairness, spiced with a healthy dose of vulnerability instead.  Wouldn’t you agree?


“Can we be friends?”

It would certainly be nice not to have to take “No” for an answer. :)


[This is my response to WordPress Daily Prompt: Litmus, Litmus on the Wall]





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