I was totally excited when a few of my friends visited San Francisco this past weekend for the ever popular Folsom Street Fair. I didn't attend Folsom since I worked it for 6 consecutive years while I was employed at Bay Area Young Positives. I feel like I've had a lifetime of seeing a sea of bare asses, tattoos and other body modifications. And the smell of Folsom during the street fair is a combination of sweat, urine, leather, and (egads) male ejaculate. Yes, my pretty friends, I am over San Francisco street fairs.
Even though I didn't attend Folsom with my friends, Shanna, Memo, and Gerardo, I did get in some quality time with them on Friday night. For me, when it comes to spending time with friends, I much prefer quality over quantity.
But how do you maximize your time with friends if you have only a limited amount? Good question. I like to make suggestions on what to do or where to go based on what they have said they wish to do. After that, it's really just spending what time you have with them living in the moment, being a good active listener, and throwing in a little pinch of good humored gossip. What can I say, this formula seems to work for me.
Most people have heard the saying "it's better to give then to receive", and it is something that I have really taken to heart. I must admit that one of my most favorite qualities of my late mom was her unabashed generosity. Anyone who met her knows exactly what I'm talking about. I feel very fortunate that I have inherited this wonderful trait.
So how I set myself apart from others is by being thoughtful and generous. Before I met up with Shanna, Memo, and Gerardo I made them some small gift bags filled with bottled water, fresh fruit, trail mix, and an assortment of chocolates and candy. I got to shop locally at one of my favorite fruit stands as well as make my friends some awesome goodie bags they could enjoy at their hotel or friend's house.
I figured it was a win-win since they seemed to love my goodie bags, and I got to feel really awesome for making their day! And I didn't even have to spend a fortune putting them together.
Being thoughtful....it's a great thing!
The world is filled with ordinary people. What do you do to set yourself apart from the pack?