Friends dating each other
So, now she felt like an “outsider” or “third wheel.” When she said that, it reminded me of an a article I wrote called at that.
I totally understand where she’s coming from, but Lilly can’t let that affect the way she acts around them.
Besides being a prime example of how mysterious God’s Providence is (they met each other through me), this event has caused me to reflect much more seriously on the question: What do you do when your friends start dating each other? Now my classmate knows more about what’s going on back at home than I do.
It’s also tempting to view the situation with some wistfulness.
Given my own recent experience, I have a few suggestions for how to deal with each of these situations.
When two friends become more interested in each other than they are in you, it’s natural to struggle with some loneliness.
Last week, Modern Manners Guy Facebook friend Lilly emailed me about how two of her closest friends, Sarah and Kiel, recently started dating, and now she felt left out.
So what is she supposed to do, now that her group of three became a group of two? Our email exchange went back and forth, with me offering advice about how to properly handle the situation.
No matter what happens to your human friendships, you have a divine friendship which is worth more than all of those put together.
Sometimes I almost wish my vocation were different. In other words, there is plenty of room for feelings of loneliness, discouragement, and even envy.
A single whose friends are now dating each other might feel ignored or left out by them, stagnant in his own vocation, or tempted to tear down the new relationship.
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