Good friends

Good friends – the kind that agree with what you have to say, reinforce your prejudices and judgements, buy into all your stories, and work to keep your world (and hence their world) familiar and predictable?

Or those who’ll listen deeply, tell you when your ideas don’t add up, show you a different way of seeing things when you’re stuck or blaming or in denial, ask you searching questions about your life, and generally cause you a (very good, compassionate kind of) trouble?

All too often we turn away from the latter because in their care for us they invite us to give up our cosy, comfortable way of being in the world.

But only so that something new and expansive and much more alive can grow in its place.

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