Someone once defined a friend as someone to whom you could say anything that comes into your mind. You can tell this person your most intimate dreams, aspirations and doubts. A friend is someone you can talk to about anything, without fear of judgment or censure. It is a great blessing to have someone in our life who is this kind of friend, who really does share our life with us. Sometimes there is a friend like this close at hand; other times it is someone who lives far away. Either way, it's good to remember to recognize and give thanks for the gift of people who come into our lives who can listen and respond to us as we are, without needing to try to change us—people who love and accept us and who are the friends of our hearts.