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A Missing Friend

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I find it strange that we often hesitate to get to know others. Our instinct as humans is to protect ourselves from life's challenges and risks, which can prevent us from experiencing what life truly has to offer. Even though human interaction is one of our most basic needs since birth, our natural tendency is often to avoid or react aggressively. In other words, we tend to make life more complicated than necessary. The British humorist Douglas Adams, in his strange and wonderful construct of a largely irreverent universe, says, “We also live in strange places: each in a universe of our own. The people with whom we populate our universes are the shadows of whole other universes intersecting with our own.” (Mostly Harmless)

I recently lost a dear friend to a debilitating illness. Despite living in different places for much of our 40-year friendship, our families remained close. My friend and her husband were a significant part of my life, providing us with physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual support. In his book, "Mostly Harmless," Douglas Adams describes the intersection of individual universes, where each becomes a piece of the others.

Friendship is one of the most critical aspects of our lives. It allows us to connect with others, share experiences, and create meaningful relationships. Friends provide us with support, love, and laughter, and they help us navigate the ups and downs of life. As Gustave Flaubert said, "A friend who dies, it's something of you who dies." Losing a friend can be devastating, as we grieve not only for the person we have lost but also for the part of ourselves that we have lost with them. It's important to cherish our friendships and make time for the people who matter most to us. In a world where we are often encouraged to put our needs first, friendship reminds us that we are all in this together and need each other to thrive.

Transparency in a relationship is crucial because it fosters trust, honesty, and open communication between partners. When both individuals are transparent, they can establish a deeper level of intimacy and build a stronger connection. Without transparency, misunderstandings can arise, and relationship partners may feel they are being kept in the dark about important information. This can lead to mistrust, resentment, and, ultimately, the relationship breakdown. Being transparent means sharing your thoughts, feelings, and actions with your partner, even if they may be difficult or uncomfortable to discuss. It shows that you value their opinion and are committed to working together to maintain a healthy relationship.

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