The real test of friendship is: can you literally do nothing with the other person? Can you enjoy those moments of life that are utterly simple? (Eugene Kennedy, late psychologist and author)
Is a protracted silence among friends difficult for you? Do you feel like it’s necessary to say or do something? You can’t just stay quiet? Kennedy notes that among really close friends, there is no need for constant conversation or activity. Quiet times of reflection or just being together are fulfilling in themselves. Learning to be quiet may be a great quality of lasting friendships.
For everything there is a season, a time for every activity under heaven. . . A time to be quiet and a time to speak. (Ecclesiastes 3:1, 8)