“A true friend unbosoms freely, advises justly, assists readily, adventures boldly, takes all patiently, defends courageously, and continues a friend unchangeably.”
William Penn


This week I talked to two of my best friends. The conversations reminded me of this quote.

Doesn’t it seem like we all have that one friend who seems to be able to simply put their finger on whatever it is you are talking about … even though you may not be talking about “it.”

You know what I mean.

“It” is what is bothering you or nicking away at positive thoughts you have … ‘it’ is planting little seeds of doubt or despair like Johnny Appleseed roaming your mental pastures. Or maybe ‘it’ has somehow made your brain just not know what to do.

And you dance around the issue.

You just don’t want to bring it up directly.  You don’t want to be a burden.

And then there is that one friend.

That one friend who always seems to know the right thing to say. Or the times they simply listen … only to find that one word that captures exactly what you need to hear.

I also find it interesting that friend typically remains that one unshakeable friend over time. The one who no matter where life leads you will solidly remain a signpost for reason and understanding.

I sometimes fear we overlook that friend. Or possibly overlook their ability.

We should encourage and nurture their ability to venture into places only few dare to go – the soul of who we are.

Anyway. If you have a true friend like this take a moment one day and just say thanks.

And if they are the friend I am talking about they will simply shrug it off and talk about something else.

And that, my friends, is your true friend.

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Written by Bruce