Soul Friends are those that you can talk about anything and everything with.
You may or may not meet up with them every day, but it doesn’t matter because the strength of your friendship is not determined by how frequently you meet up — it’s that deep heart connection that you have, that chemistry that you feel whenever you’re together.
Soul Friends are friends that have similar values to you. These are the relationships where trust and reliability are really high. These friends always go the extra mile for you.
It is good to acknowledge that hurt and risk is high in all the friendships that you hold close to your heart but remember when feeling much love you are also open to feeling much hurt… without risk there is no reward ♡
When you open up to love, you open up to hurt as well.
I go into more details around the types of friends in my Friendship Circles© .
You’ve probably realised that friends come and go. In some cases, your interests change as you get older. In other cases, something happens that forces you to part ways with those you once considered friends and sometimes you reposition the hobbies and community groups you’re a part of.
At the end of the day, when you look across all your people/tribe/peeps/friends&family, you can identify the friendships that have a real foundation… these are your soul friendships.
Below are 5 Indicators of a Soul Friendship…
A Soul Friendship Withstands Disagreements.
Anybody you consider a soul friend can attest to the fact that disagreements undoubtedly happen. But that person can also confirm that your bond withstands those disagreements.
Soul Friends know that regardless of the differences or disagreements, the foundation of the relationship still exists.
A sign of soul friendship is when two people continue to live well with each other after a disagreement.
Soul Friends Keep It Real.
The beauty about soul friends is that there is rarely any pretence. Soul friends feel safe to share their vulnerabilities with each other. They trust that they can hang all their quirky bits and pieces out there and they are accepted by each other.
Your soul friends hardly worry about what you think of their actions or behaviours. They know that if there’s one person in the world who understands them, it’s you!
It’s also safe to say that your soul friends avoid sugar-coating anything they’re saying to you. Expect to get their opinion as real as it comes!
Confidentiality Is Respected.
When the matter of confidentiality comes up, you can tell a SF by whether your request for confidentiality is respected. SF’s acknowledge the importance of maintaining your trust.
With soul friends in your life, you can feel comfortable sharing your deepest secrets. Your secrets will be just as safe with soul friends as they are when you keep them to yourself.
Your private space is important to you, and a soul friend understands that. They understand when to step aside and give you the time you need and they do this without feeling offended.
Support Is Unconditional.
It’s true that friends sometimes have different interests and beliefs. But even when viewpoints are different, soul friends still offer each other support.
Friends usually offer advice to each other. And even when the advice you get is different from what you want to hear, you know it’s coming from a genuine sentiment.
If you need someone to lean on when you’re going through a rough spot, your soul friends instinctively know. They’ll show up when you least expect it and bring loads of hugs with them!
Achievements Are Celebrated.
It’s unlikely that you’ll find a soul friend who doesn’t celebrate your achievements. The questionable friends may feel envious of your success. But soul friends get just as excited as you do about your victories.
You’ll likely even find a SF helping you prepare for an upcoming job interview. Even if it’s a success they want for themselves, they’re happy just knowing you stand a good chance of being the victor.
Soul friends take the time to congratulate each other. They give gifts, treat each other to dinner, and make other special gestures. They like to show that they care.
So Who are Yours?
Have you identified anybody who embodies a soul friend after looking at these indicators? Maybe 1 or 2 or you may even have a few?
If you have, latch on to them as long as you can! Invest your time, heart and money in them. A genuine friend can be difficult to find and certainly one to be treasured when you do.
You’ll have great joy when you nurture your soul friendships.
Commit to being the kind of friend to others as you want them to be to you. Friendship works both ways!
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