Often the best thing you can do for someone is offer a sympathetic ear. I have a friend who had had a much more difficult life growing up than I did, and I can’t help but count myself lucky. She is one of my best friends in the world and I am glad that there is a way that I can help her that she feels next to no one else can. I can listen. Not judge, not ridicule, not interrupt, but listen. We all need someone with whom we can share our burdens and troubles with and when the situation calls for it, tell us we are overreacting.
That person we confide in is the calm in the storm of our emotions. We trust them to keep us from being swept away by the winds of rage or sucked into the vortex of self-pity that is so hard to escape from. We trust them to help keep us strong and grounded in reality.
My friend has confided in me problems she has had with family, with friends, and with her other personal relationships. There is often so much I wish I could say, yet so often