The friend who can be silent with us in a moment of despair or confusion, who can stay with us in an hour of grief and bereavement, who can tolerate not knowing… not healing, not curing… that is a friend who cares. – Henri Nouwen
I have very few friends due to my introvert nature. I tend to be very possessive about my friends, though. I came across above quote and felt like I was positively reminded about true quality of a friend.
When I dig deeper to understand, probably it suggests that one should be able to empathize, instead of demanding explanations from the friends during their tough times. Certain wounds can only be healed by time. What’s truly desired out of us, is just to be there!