Friends are amazing. Real shelters for the heart and the mind, they are the constant gardeners that ensure the beauty of our inner-garden and the joy that inhabits it. When it comes to friends, a few come even closer to us and those are our best friends. They touch our soul, refresh our thoughts, enrich our life and more than anything remind us that the sun is always shining even when we do not always see it.
This post celebrates those whose soul remains always open for comfort, laughter and truth. They are the sisters and brothers with which we feel the most connected. To be given the blessing of one or more of those angels in our life is to be touched by divine grace.
There are a few tips to become one of those angels who can touch the life of another and forever make a mark in the universal memory with Love, care and kindness. Here are the 5 best ones offered to you so that you can brighten your best friend’s day in no time.
1 – Listen with your heart
A friend who needs a little cheering may not always need a tone of advises or a lecture. Sometimes, the most simple way to be a best friend is to offer an ear to listen, allowing her/his stress to effortlessly be carried with her/his words and freeing the space within. The best friend’s “duty” is to ensure that a sense of belonging, togetherness and support is always available. Listening is one of the most significant soulful leadership talent and for that very reason: to listen is to offer a space for another to express his/her truth and ultimately expand his/her own experience.
Many people will walk in our life, but only true friends will leave footprints in your heart. ~Eleanor Roosevelt
2 – Embrace with your smile
There is nothing more simple than a smile to connect two people. When words may not be enough or may be too much, a best friend’s smile has the power to become a true embrace through which relief is felt and light is brought. A simple smile is a gate always open for compassion and kindness which are the strongest bridges to friendship.
Every time you smile at someone, it is an action of Love, a gift to that person, a beautiful thing. ~Mother Theresa
3 – Comfort with your silence
Presence is friendship in action. It needs no words. The simple comfort of knowing that one is always by your side, silently, standing by you, is enough to brighten any day and lift any mood. Much of friendship is about togetherness and most of best friendship is about connection. The sense of knowingness that comfort is only a thought away, a heartbeat away or a smile away is one of the most simple reminder of your best friend’s Love.
The best kind of friend is the kind you can sit on a porch, never say a word, then walk away feeling like it was the best conversation that you ever had. ~Unknown
4 – Laugh with your soul
Laughter is healing for the soul so no wonder why it is a simple way to share love with the one you love and care for. Laughter releases endorphins just like exercise, excitement, love or sexual orgasm. In addition to giving the mind a “buzz”, these endorphins raise our mind’s ability to ignore pain. It soothes the soul by releasing stress. Be that friend whose sense of humor can always provide a feeling of lightness calling for joy and peace of mind.
Among those whom I like or admire, I can find no common denominator, but among those whom I love, I can; all of them make me laugh. ~W.H. Auden
5 – Speak with your truth
The difference between acquaintances and friends is the level of honesty, trust and integrity. The adage says that the truth will set you free but first it may piss you off. It takes a friend to be able to speak the truth while not taking think personally. When best friends shares words, they share part of their soul’s messages, visions and ultimate sense of self. The form (words) matters less than the substance (truth) that they contains. Speak with your heart and from your soul and all your words will come forth as healing vessels to effortlessly uplift your best friend’s life.
Only your real friends will tell you when your face is dirty. ~Sicilian Proverb