Part 5. Over the hump. In the home stretch. Some other cliché.
In order to learn more about friends and friendships, I asked some of the followers of this blog and the answers appear below.
But before we get to your answers, I just wanted to thank you all again. Thank you for hitting reply. You have given us a gift to share together and to learn together.
Question 5: What are YOUR best attributes as a friend?
I guess I’d say that when I develop a close friendship with someone, I consider that person to be like family (or even closer than family, depending on your family!) and I care about them so deeply that I’d do just about anything for them.
I’m a good listener and the “fun” friend because more often than not, I’m being positive. But I can be there for my friends in any circumstance.
I try to be a good listener.
I’m also an honest friend in my feelings and my advice.
I try give my friends the space to be themselves.
Will listen, provide guidance when asked, willing to take feedback and change if needed.
I try not to give advice that’s unasked for.
Honesty & vulnerability.
I forgive and forget quite easily. I’ve actually been told to my detriment, where other people who used to be friends took advantage of that trait.
Not Critical, provide comic relief and go with the flow.
Attention given to the things people enjoy and then do/give/support them.
Honesty, caring, loving and supportive.
I will be there, always. Unless, uh … I’ve gone dark because I’m afraid, as I just wrote two minutes ago. Oops.
On to the other questions.
For me, the comfort and connection gained by reading all of these replies over the past few days is like walking in a warm ocean and feeling the water and sand wash over your feet.
Keep reading. Keep friending. Keep connecting. Keep sharing.
Tell others: come on in, the water is great.