by Traci Stutz, O.S.B. For some, making friends is easy. Others, however, may first have to overcome shyness or insecurity before taking those initial steps toward friendship. But in any case, it requires work to deepen and maintain a friendship. Being a good friend is a great responsibility, one may be asked to wear many hats and fill many roles over the course of a relationship. In this CareNote, author Traci Stutz guides teens toward the skills they’ll need to be the ultimate BFF in sections titled: Friends are honest, Friends stand by each other, Being a friend takes courage, and Being a friend takes heart.