Have you ever wanted to reach out to a friend going through a particularly difficult time, only to put the phone down and hesitate out of fear of saying the wrong thing? Maybe you don’t even send the text or make the call at all. You overthink the conversation in your head and you decide not to reach out.

Consider an alternate view — You make the call and even if you say something silly or fumble over your words, you make your friend’s day by reaching out.  You can hear them smiling through the phone and you smile back. You hang up and you know you’ve made a difference in their day. You feel a little happier, too.

Don’t let the fear of saying the wrong thing prevent you from reaching out to the people that you love. After all, that’s what makes certain friendships and relationships so special, or of that “dearer stuff.”