My mother always told me to be careful how you treated people because while you never know what they carry on their plate, you can be sure that it is full. I always thought she was talking about strangers but sometimes we need to be aware of how this plays out with people closer to us as well. Some notes on friends:
If they are busy, keep calling. If you are busy, keep calling.
While friends are great sounding boards, remember to also use them to celebrate the best of your life, not complain about the worst.
Assume that as friends they mean no harm and approach discussion, disagreements and misunderstandings as such.
If you know you do not agree on a topic, choose someone else to discuss it with.
Assume you know only what they choose to show you, and consider the possibility that life has its ups and downs for everyone.
Thank them, often.
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