It's obvious that it's a good thing to be on time but it may not be so obvious how much damage being late does to friendships and relationships. It's been my experience and the experience of some of my friends that many people agree to come when they're invited and then don't show up or show up late. Within the last two days I have had two women friends complain about their friends being unreliable and not showing up when they promised they would. One of these women was talking about a former friend who had been unreliable and who she has no contact with any longer largely as a result of this. The other friend feels hostile to the person who stood her up and is unlikely to be his friend in the future. One of the best ways to meet future dates is through friends and one of the best ways to alienate friends is to not show up on time or not show up at all.
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