When you’re down and troubled and you need a helping hand,

and nothing, oh nothing is going right,

close your eyes and think of me and soon I will be there

to brighten up even your darkest night . . .

If the sky above you should turn dark and full of clouds

and that old north wind should begin to blow,

Keep your head together and call my name out loud

Soon you’ll hear me knocking at your door  . . .  From “You’ve Got a Friend” by Carole King

Friends allow us to multiply our joys and divide our sorrows. They offer a listening ear and a shoulder to lean on and, if ncessary, to cry upon.  Love–and friendship–covers a multitude of sins.  A friend is someone with whom we can be ourselves without fear of judgement, without the need to walk on eggshells in their presence. A friend loves us because of our strengths and in spite of our weaknesses.  Friends can be found within our families and our neighborhoods; they can also live on the other side of the country or the world.

Never feel you must limit your pool of friends to those in or of the same age group, social background, nationality, religion or creed.  The common ground we can discover within one another can be astonishing.

A true, steadfast friend is a treasure, a blessing and a delight. Ain’t it good to know you’ve got a friend?

You’ve got a friend. Ain’t it good to know?

9 responses »

  1. Thank you for the beautiful video and the warm thoughts. Friends come from all walks of life if we let them. That’s the nice thing about the internet, it’s the great equalizer. You get to know who someone is by their words and deeds, rather than by what they look like, their age, how they dress or where they live.

    Frankenstorm missed me. Whew! No damage to anything I own although people down at the shore aren’t so lucky. When the skies cleared last night it was over. I didn’t know it and kept waking up waiting for the rest of the storm to hit. It never made the hook northward, but appears to have kept going west hammering everything in it’s way. It’s a tropical storm now and dumping rain, major amounts of snow with lots of wind. Now all I have to contend with are the FMS achies.

    I pray that those much closer to the eye when it came ashore at Atlantic City are safe and dry. They got hammered and stories of heroism are beginning to trickle out. We will never hear most of them. Ordinary people in extraordinary circumstances can do amazing things.

    • I’m glad it missed you. It pretty much missed us, too. We did have power out for a while last night. And for some reason, the superintendent canceled school the last two days. I’m enjoying being home playing with my kitten but now we’ll have to make up the days during planned vacations! And for added enjoyment, we get to go back on Halloween after 4 days off! I think I’ll have 20 hooligans tomorrow!

    • Your final sentence is what made me so glad to have the opportunity when I was writing for the newspaper to spotlight those “ordinary people” and the contributions they make to their community.

      I am truly grateful the storm, as bad as it was, didn’t cause any more death and destruction than it did.

    • It’s the way I see Benny as loving me. I have good qualities, yes, but plenty of faults, too, yet he is so good to overlook them. The good in me outweighs the bad for him, thank goodness.

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