Dan Trathen DMin, PhD Clinical Psychologist & Certified Business & Life Coach

Safe Friends

Ralph Waldo Emerson said, “God evidently does not intend us all to be rich, or powerful, or great, but he does intend us all to be friends.” Being a friend means that you commit yourself to a growing, two-way relationship.  It is through transparent, honest, open, trusting, and vulnerable relationships that we develop friendships.  George Eliot once wrote, “Oh, the comfort, the inexpressible comfort, of feeling safe with a person, having neither to weigh thoughts nor measure words, but to pour them all out just as they are, chaff and grain together, knowing that a faithful hand will take and sift them, keep what is worth keeping, and then, with the breath of kindness blow the rest away.”  Once we have experienced such a person, there is no need to continue looking for the perfect friend.

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