Not long after writing yesterday's blog, I had a recollection. I was not the only confidant for my "troubled friend." There were 2 of us. I vaguely know the other, but have a lot of respect for him.
I found his contact information, and we agreed to meet for a coffee to discuss "the situation."
We talked for around 3 hours, and I got a lot of insight into everything. While it didn't fix the issue, it enabled me to get myself to a better place. Not only am I a lot more comfortable with how things are and will likely evolve, I am emotionally in a better position to support my friend.
So unexpectedly cathartic and therapeutic, it was one of the best days in recent memory.