“Silence make the real conversations between friends.  Not the saying, but the never needing to say that counts.”

– Margaret Lee Runbeck

The never needing to say is priceless.

There are certain truths – gut level, core truths – that go unspoken between the best of friends. A deep, enduring love.  Putting another’s happiness first.  Believing wholeheartedly in the worth of another human being’s soul.

But when it comes to protecting the most precious friendships among us there is a crucial difference between the never needing to say and a stubborn reluctance to say.  I disagree with Ms. Runbeck on this point in that I believe the saying – rather, the willingness to say uncomfortable truths – can make the difference between a good friendship and a precious one.

You need both if you want to have a truly genuine friendship.

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