A question to everyone:
it's interesting... most people have a tendency to offer blank (ok, I see it as blank, it doesn't do anything and sometimes it's so automatic, there's really no value behind it.) sympathy (ie - Oh, I'm sorry, *insert hugs*, will beat up your friends, etc), but some others won't... What do you prefer? the sympathy or silence? or maybe attempts to connect with your situation and offer advice, even if perhaps potentially unwanted advice? Truthfully, now, please?
Also, which would you prefer from your friends, the truth, no matter how much it may hurt? Some (intelligent) filtering by your friends? or only white lies?
(haha, ok, both questions were very biased, but do take time to think about them before replying... or don't reply at all ^^;; I'd rather take truth, and the perhaps potentially unwanted advice. But sympathy is always nice, kinda, 'cept when redundant, ne?)