We do not have to get caught in the middle of other people’s issues.
— Melody Beattie
Learning to respect boundaries, our own and other people’s, eliminates much of the stress that hinders relationships. Accepting the behavior and the opinions of our friends as legitimate for them allows our relationships to teach us tolerance and patience and love. Our journey on this planet is not about “fixing” or controlling others, but about loving them wholly, just as we want to be loved. It’s hard to back away when a friend is in trouble. But telling a friend you love and support him or her may give them the strength they need.