Don’t Be Unaware
The time to be-there is usually the most uncomfortable, most dangerous, most inconvenient time to be present. It can be expensive too.
It’s easier to watch from a distance. If you consider yourself a real friend, though, don’t stare . . . be there. The rule is simple:
You can’t listen if you’re not in audible range.
You can’t express compassion without showing your face.
You can’t hold a hand or dry a tear unless you’re within arms reach.
You can’t change the atmosphere unless you’re in it.
But do be careful. In-your-face is a little too close at any time.