Going through divorce and dating
She didn’t even need the full story and definitely didn’t need two sides of it. Halfway through a story she would interrupt me, “fuck ‘em.” This always got a laugh.
Let your friends know they are important in your life The last time we talked, you would have never guessed what she was going through.
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Encourage your friends After getting her husband’s email that day I sat and stared at my screen, thinking about all that she gave to her friends and family. I remembered the night I called her in tears when my then wife told me she wanted a divorce. her response: “you got this.” We all put far too much pressure and doubt in our own minds, and need friends that believe in us…
relentlessly, even when we don’t believe it ourselves.
Through her actions, she taught me some of the key elements to being a great friend: Focus on your friends Being a truly great friend requires a lot of selflessness.With about a 20-year age difference between us, I wasn’t quite sure we would have much to relate about. A small group of arrived a night early, and so we all decided to go out to dinner. This was about having my back before I knew I needed it.This was thinking about someone else and being selfless and caring.It requires putting your energy and attention into other people.Do we spend the kind of energy on people that empowers them? Do we approach every conversation with our friends in a way that when it is over, they feel better for having had that conversation and know without a doubt that they are cared about.