In looking around the world for what all of us can be those lucky five or less TRUE friends we may have in life, one characteristic is they are WITH us through adversity.
Nothing weeds out the true friends from the regular ones like hard times for you. But I discovered
Another Trait Of True Friendship.
That trait would be
They LIGHTEN OUR BURDENS. Being around them, life is just a little bit easier.
They do this just so naturally. If someone is just bringing their baggage of their life over to you and ONLY ADDING to your burdens they cannot in my view be a true friend. A true friend DESPITE their own problems is a HELPER person to you in life.
"The truest of friends lighten our burdens."