Please recognise that this is very general; people shift across, or overlap with more than one area.
Also, I didn't mention extended family, but essentially they fit anywhere from "family" to "kind strangers" since I'd likely not recognise them on the street...
First, I would like to include more people into the "closest of friends" category. I think to do that I will have to release my tight-fisted idea of dignity and strength a little to allow some who currently reside in the "family" or "close friends" categories into the "closest friends" one.
Second, why do I have family members (essentially immediate family members) in the "hang-out buddies" section? That's got to change!
Third, I should get some of those co-workers out of the "only met a few times" category, and away from the dangerously close "kind strangers" category. I don't feel they need to be my best of friends, but at the very least they should occupy the same space as my hangout buddies, since I only work with 20-odd people!
Fourth, why do I differentiate between "kind strangers" and "strangers"? Somehow that doesn't feel right to me...
Relationships are very important to me, and I've noticed that time spent together makes a HUGE difference in intemacy levels. Living in
This is a very different picture from that I painted for myself at the begining of this post... but really, the kinder of the two is what I'm going to work harder to become. So... we'll see how this experiment goes.