Listen Up, And Listen Good!


Even if you don’t have anything profound to say, or even if you have no idea what’s going on, sometimes all that really matters is that you’re there for your friend in times when you are most needed.

Save the advice for later, and skip the part where you subject your friend to premature judgement. When your friend talks to you about a problem, listen. When your friend talks to you about something heartbreaking, listen.

And listen well.

Some of us have, at one point, made the mistake of condemning our friend even before they’ve finished talking. We’ve already figured it all out in our brain that they are in the wrong, that they are stupid, and that they probably deserve what’s happening to them. Well, you may be right, but that can be discussed later. Right now, all that you need to do is to just sit down, and listen. It’s very easy to take the route of prejudice, while riding atop the high horse of moral apathy. But that’s not really what being a true friend is about, and you know it.


Keep smiling, keep shining
Knowing you can always count on me, for sure
That’s what friends are for
In good times, in bad times
I’ll be on your side forever more
That’s what friends are for

-Dionne Warwick, Elton John, Gladys Knight, and Stevie Wonder
“That’s What Friends Are For”


(The image is a scene from ‘The Peanuts Movie’. Read my one-line movie review here)

-Ed. E.

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