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I can be a better friend by pay attention to my friends and helping them if they want it.
I could be a better friend by being more proactive with checking in on people. My introverted self sometimes forgets to take the initiative. I often wait for others to approach me.
I believe a friend is someone who can make you smile on the hard days, and someone who may not be visible constantly but who always has your best interests at heart. To be a better friend, my goal is to reach out more. Even a daily message to say how thankful I am for them, and for having them in my life.
The key is active listening.
Bring chocolate and beer.
Haha! Good one. I’ll go for the chocolate.
By being honest, compassionate, accepting my friend as he is but being allowed to tell the truth. And by learning to be a good friend to myself. I like to be a friend to everyone. It makes me feel good.
I think I am a good friend and I’m getting better at it lately. Being open and vulnerable and making sure to communicate how important they are to me. And of course, listening without judgment or projection is so important. Reminding myself to do these things is the practice.
Remember and evolve to be the treasures and seek the treasures and reciprocally receive the treasures
Rumi says: “be a lamp or a lifeboat or a ladder. Help someone’s soul heal. Walk out of your house like a Shepherd.”
To me that sums up a great friendship.
Thanks, Yram – I needed that this morning. I first heard of Rumi from a Turkish woman grad student in my then-husband’s lab. She gave me a gift.
Many times, just by listening. I also think being invested in the relationship, connecting with that friend when you can, is important. Not taking that person for granted is important.
Be present, be honest, and ensure I am well rooted and balanced to the best of my ability, while not being afraid to lean on others.
My friends are my friends because they love and accept me the way I am. Or let me know when I need to do better. And I them.
Two ears, one mouth. More listening, less talking.
Thanks, Laura! Your reply made me giggle, which feels good. My friend is such a good listener, and I hope I am too. 🙂
Offer to make myself available. Phoning more often to catch up. Lending an ear and really listening without judgement.
I will be a better friend by being silent and listening.
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