When we honestly ask ourselves which person in our lives mean the most to us, we often find that it is those who, instead of giving advice, solutions, or cures, have chosen rather to share our pain and touch our wounds with a warm and tender hand. The friend who can be silent with us in a moment of despair or confusion, who can stay with us in an hour of grief and bereavement, who can tolerate not knowing, not curing, not healing and face with us the reality of our powerlessness, that is a friend who cares.
It is one of the blessings of old friends that you can afford to be stupid with them.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
If you have two friends in your lifetime, you’re lucky. If you have one good friend, you’re more than lucky.