“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.