No, I Don’t Mean Gossip
Have you ever caught yourself talking about somebody that you know either wasn’t worth talking about or shouldn’t even be talked about? This is a natural habit that we as humans do but can be fixed. Your friend is somebody you can talk to, although it is tempting to gossip, it’s something that can make conversations less valuable than they already may be. When conversing with your friends, you want those conversations to be memorable and worth something, don’t let gossip get in the way of those life-changing discussions.
A Perspective Through a Different Lens
If you have friends that are the same age as you or relatively the same age, then you have a pure blessing in disguise. Although you two are different people, there’s nothing better than talking with somebody who may have a similar mindset as you. It can be hard to get direct answers from a true companion, but you will receive something that may be better and that’s their experience. With experience you get to take a deep dive into your friend’s life and when on this spiritual adventure you start to find answers that show you how someone else’s ideas can be so interchangeable to yours.
Let Them Question You
It’s funny how we can only tell our friends so much of what’s going on in our crazy life, but sometimes that “so much” isn’t the whole spill. How do we build up the confidence to tell them what’s truly bothering us? Instead of telling them the infamous ‘it’s complicated” we should be vulnerable for at least a second and let them ask us questions. One of the major components of being a virtuous friend is to simply listen. If we give up some of our time to genuinely listen to our friends and give them the love and care that they deserve then we too will get the same in return. While there may be moments of anxiety in our day to day lives, we can always count on our friends to be the finest therapist that no one else but us can enjoy. “A real friend is one who walks in when the rest of the world walks out.”