Many years ago, an older, wiser friend of mine said something that nested deep inside me. He said, “Friends never have to say they’re sorry.” It was a kindness to alleviate my guilt (I don’t even remember over what); I pondered it long after it did its job.
The statement made profound sense to me and became a cornerstone in my definition of friendship. Friends never have to say they’re sorry. Because friendships aren’t only based on your actions, your words, a moment in time or even a stretch of time.