IF A TREE CRIES, DOES IT HAVE ANY FRIENDS WHO WILL HEAR IT …
I heard yesterday that the average American male has “less than one” true friend. The kind of friend with whom he is bluntly honest and openly vulnerable. The kind of friend with whom he is free to admit that he is lonely, or afraid, or at the end of his rope, or whatever else might make him appear to be “weak.”
Oh, he has friends with whom to go fishing or to a ball game. Plenty of guys with whom to go out drinking or eating. Men from whom he is free to ask to borrow a tool or to lend a hand with some manly task or another.
But friendship that exposes his raw emotions that might show his fear or loneliness? “Less than one.”
So permit me to share the following worth thinking about:
“A friend is one before whom I may think aloud.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson